Ireland coach Declan Kidney insists he is not taking a risk with Stephen Ferris' fitness - despite the flanker sitting out Friday's training.
Ferris has been out of action for the past three weeks and his inclusion in the starting XV was delayed earlier this week.
The Lions tourist was finally handed the No.6 shirt but doubts still surround whether he should be playing against France this afternoon.
“No, no, he’s grand, he’s fine,” said Kidney. “The reason I’m loath to say he’s 100 per cent is because I don’t know if any of us are 100 per cent.
“He’s charging away at training, he wanted to train, but we just held him back. He’s good.”