Bringing Maxime Medard in gives us another solution in terms of kicking.
His left boot is very powerful and will be very helpful for us, and he and Yoann Huget will be going back and forth between winger and full-back.
We're making him start on the wing, because that's where he's had more game time since his return. Yoann has been performing at full-back with us, and his confidence will be important under high ball in Ireland, especially since it is likely that the weather conditions will be difficult.
Mathieu Bastareaud is having minor physical problems this week, he couldn't train properly on Monday and will be on the bench this weekend.
He can bring a lot as an impact player anyway.
Frederic has had a lot less game time these last three weeks, with us and with his club. He has now a lot more energy and feels better on the field. He played with Morgan against Samoa in November, and the half-backs have been working together for a while now.
This is long-term logic, we've been trying to build a team since 2011. But now we need wins, and we'll be travelling to Ireland with a lot of envy and enthusiasm.
What, in Frederic Michalak and François Trinh-Duc's performances in Twickenham, justify this particular change?
I discussed this in private with François, and he knows what happened. He himself said he wasn't happy with his defensive performance.
Frederic played great in November, and produced 50-55 quality minutes in Italy. Regarding feelings, fitness, kicking, we thought Frederic deserved another go, knowing that Maxime and François can come in at any time.
This will with no doubt be interpreted as a sanction against François Trinh-Duc...
No. Again, we're working towards building a group. We have faith in that group of players, in that team. It's in hard times like these that we'll see if those guys have character.
We now have to be more pragmatic during the games, and produce a better defensive performance. We put ourselves in danger against England, and Ireland will be another very tough encounter especially after their defeat two weeks ago. We have to remember how to win games.
It looks like the players are pretty casual about those three defeats. Is it a result of your way of coaching this team?
Again, we're building a team for the future. But, we do need to be realistic, we have three losses, we're ranking last. Our role is to win games, to be competitive. We need to be more accurate, more disciplined.
Were you tempted to give Nicolas Mas a break, or is he irreplaceable?
He didn't take much part in practice on Monday because he was tired. But he is very important in our system, and when you see his and the whole starting pack's performance in England, in the scrum and in the lineout, it only makes sense to maintain them for the next game.
Do you feel like, like your predecessors, you're having a hard time bringing stability at No.9 and No.10?
There is stability! Since the Argentinean tour in June, the same four players have been part of each and every game we've played. They're all working together.
Maxime Machenaud has been playing a lot, he's still discovering this level of competition and he may have lost a little confidence lately, whereas Morgan has been performing well with us and with his club. We're still looking for consistency.
Does bringing Michalak back in a starting position mean that he is your number one fly-half?
Right now, he is number one. But he hasn't had a break in 12 months, and he needed one to regenerate. He's looked a lot fresher those last few days, and it's only natural that he should be starting on Saturday.
Thierry Dusautoir said he was fine with "winning ugly" in Ireland. Is it your opinion?
Our role in the blue jersey is to "win beautiful". But in our situation, if we can win 3-0, I would be perfectly fine with it.