sixnations
LIVE SCORING
Western Province vs Griquas
LIVE SCORING
GO TO MATCH CENTRE 

Dusautoir recalled by France

Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:20
Large thierry dusautoir six natio Large thierry dusautoir charge Large tierry dusautoir   sergio p

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)

AFP

Western Province vs Griquas
sast: 17h05 | local: 19h05

  • 13 | 12
LIVE
Wales vs Italy
sast: 18h00 | local: 20h00

  • 5 | 8
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 05 September 2015
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets 16h15 Scotstoun
Golden Lions v EP Kings 17h10 Ellis Park
Munster v Treviso 18h45 Musgrave Park
France v Scotland 19h00 Paris
Sun, 06 September 2015
United States v Australia 23h30 Chicago
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 13h30 Cardiff
Fri, 11 September 2015
EP Kings v Free State Cheetahs 17h10 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Dragons v Zebre 18h05 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Connacht 18h35 Scotstoun
Sat, 12 September 2015
Griquas v Pumas 22h00 Kimberley
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 05 September 2015
England v Ireland 21 | 13
Sharks v Pumas 27 | 26
Fri, 04 September 2015
Edinburgh v Leinster 16 | 9
Ulster v Ospreys 28 | 6
Connacht v Dragons 29 | 23
Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs 24 | 17
Sat, 29 August 2015
EP Kings v Sharks 20 | 24
Scotland v Italy 48 | 7
Samoa v Barbarians 24 | 27
Ireland v Wales 10 | 16
Griquas v Blue Bulls 32 | 46
Fri, 28 August 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 28 | 21
Pumas v Golden Lions 11 | 41
Sat, 22 August 2015
Canada v United States 23 | 41
France v England 25 | 20
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 5 4 0 1 8
England 5 4 0 1 8
Wales 5 4 0 1 8
France 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 1 0 4 2
Scotland 5 0 0 5 0