Dusautoir recalled by France

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:20
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Former skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been recalled to the France team that will open their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

Former skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been recalled to the France team that will open their Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

The 31-year-old flank, who captained France in the 2011 World Cup final against New Zealand, last played for the national side in last year's Six Nations tournament.

He was then rested for the tour of Argentina and was ruled out of the November Test matches with an inured knee.

In that time, coach Philippe Saint-Andre handed the captaincy over to Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape and he impressed in the job in the wins over Australia, Argentina and Samoa.

Other changes see Racing Metro's Benjamin Fall come in on the wing for the injured Vincent Clerc, while Yoann Huget gets the nod at fullback ahead of the injured Brice Dulin.

Saint-Andre said the toughest choice had been in the back row where Yannick Nyanga, who impressed on his return to the team in November, was left out of the final 23-man squad to make way for the return of Dusautoir alongside his Toulouse teammate Fulgence Ouedraogo.

"We did have a debate over what was our best options in the back row. Fulgence was impressive in the line-outs in November and we wanted to see where he was with his (injured) ankle," he said.

Elsewhere, Saint-Andre said that he wanted to give a vote of confidence to the squad that won the Tests in November with notably Frederic Michalak and Maxime Machenaud retained as starting halfbacks.

France will be out for revenge against the Italians having lost to them the last time they played in Rome two years ago.

France: 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Wesley Fofana, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Benjamin Fall, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape (captain), 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Damien Chouly, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud.

Date: Sunday, February 3
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 16.00 (16.00 GMT)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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