Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy is disappointed he will not be facing Yannick Jauzion on Saturday but insists whoever France select in midfield will pose a major threat.
Jauzion is considered the world's finest centre but once again is unable to show why, with a fractured toe keeping him out of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash in Paris.
The Toulouse back, who is expected to return for Italy on February 25, was replaced by the unconvincing Ludovic Valbon against Scotland and the number 12 shirt looks set to change hands once again.
Damien Traille has been recalled to the squad and is favourite to partner the impressive Florian Fritz - provided he has made a full recovery from his shoulder injury.
Traille's experience and strength would be a welcome tonic for France following their embarrassing 20-16 defeat by Scotland and D'Arcy admits he would be a world-class replacement for Jauzion.
''I would love to play against Jauzion because he is the best centre in the world. He has everything I would like to be as a centre and you always want to play against the best,'' said D'Arcy.
''But if he is not there then Traille is also one of the best in the world. France have so much depth in midfield - they have many great players to select from.''
Ireland will be at full strength for the clash after number eight Denis Leamy was cleared of stamping during last weekend's win over Italy.