Fabien Pelous will lead France in their RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland on March 8 following Fabien Galthie's withdrawal because of a shoulder injury.
Pelous, the 29-year-old back row forward who captained Les Bleus 15 times between 1997 and 2002, was named skipper in the 22-man France squad announced by coach Bernard Laporte.
Scrum-half Galthie was injured in France's 38-3 win over Scotland at the Stade de France on Sunday, and his replacement in the number nine shirt is expected to be Dimitri Yachvili, with the uncapped Mathieu Barrau on the bench.
The starting line-up for the Ireland game at Lansdowne Road will be announced next Tuesday at Marcoussis.
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.