He sets a poser in the 5f nursery, switching his brother Donnacha from Tuesday's wide-margin Fairyhouse maiden winner Castrogiovanni
to Boragh Steps, who chased home the Ballydoyle-trained Declarationofpeace over the course and trip three weeks ago.
Veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni
returns from suspension to win his 119th cap, while centre Andrea Pratichetti, flyhalf Tommaso Allan and locks Quintin Geldenhuys and Valerio Bernabo also come into the side.
fought back from career-threatening spinal surgery and has now been tipped to extend his glittering Test stint as "one of the world's best tighthead props".
Wasps' tight head prop was replaced by former Leicester talisman Martin Castrogiovanni
14 minutes from time, after making five tackles.
ITALY will be without the vastly experienced Martin Castrogiovanni
against Scotland on Saturday after the prop was bitten on the face by a dog.
Italy's former Leicester Tiger Martin Castrogiovanni
is out of the Scotland game on Saturday after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog.
TOULON'S former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni
has received a suspended four-match ban after admitting a misconduct complaint, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.
Having played 149 times for the Welford Road side, Castrogiovanni
left after realising that England man Dan Cole was probably ahead of him in the front row pecking order.
sought out journalists after the match and unleashed a foul-mouthed assault on Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill, who had claimed the former Italy prop swapped the Tigers for Toulon in 2013 for financial reasons.
The introduction of Martin Castrogiovanni
did little to strengthen the Tigers' efforts as the Italian international was troubled by Chiefs Carl Rimmer and was pinged for standing-up.
It was always going to be a pivotal duel between Lion kings Jones and Gethin Jenkins and Italian prop pair Andrea Lo Cicero and Martin Castrogiovanni
, with 381 Test caps between them at kick-off.
ITALY TEAM TO FACE FRANCE: A Masi; T Benvenuti, G Canale, G Garcia, Mirco Bergamasco; L Orquera, F Semenzato; A Lo Cicero, C Festuccia, M Castrogiovanni
, S Dellape, C Del Fava, A Zanni, R Barbieri, S Parisse.