France call on fresh legs

Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:35
Large maxime medard630

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has called up lock Sebastien Vahaamahina and utility back Maxime Medard into his 23-man squad for their Six Nations tussle with Ireland.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has called up lock Sebastien Vahaamahina and utility back Maxime Medard into his 23-man squad for their Six Nations tussle with Ireland.

Saint-Andre has to conjure a recovery by the French, whose loss to England last week left Les Bleus rooted to the foot of the table after a third straight defeat - something they had not suffered from the outset since 1982 in the old Five Nations.

Perpignan's Vahaamahina, 21, has just one cap to date - earned from the bench in November's Test win over Australia - while Toulouse star Medard, 26, can call on the experience of 31 appearances for his country.

The pair replace Jocelino Suta and Benjamin Fall for the meeting at Stade de France.

"We have made these two changes in order to prepare our final two matches on the basis of our (much improved) match against the English," Saint-Andre said in a statement.

"Collectively, we functioned better at Twickenham and we have to capitalise on that."

Medard, who suffered knee trouble last year to hamper his recent progress, was a late call-up to the squad just ahead of the tournament after Castre's Brice Dulin dropped out through injury but was not retained.

He only returned to competition in November but impressed for his club on Saturday, scoring a try in a thumping win over Bayonne.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
Leinster v Treviso 18h35 RDS Arena
Ulster v Dragons 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Ospreys v Zebre 18h35 Liberty Stadium
Gloucester v Leicester Tigers 18h45 Kingsholm
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 03 September 2016
Saracens v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Twickenham Stadium
Free State Cheetahs v EP Kings 13h00 Bloemfontein
Scarlets v Munster 14h00 Parc y Scarlets
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h30 Franklin's Gardens
Western Province v Sharks 15h10 Cape Town
Harlequins v Bristol 15h30 Twickenham Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 16h15 Sportsground
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Sun, 04 September 2016
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Ricoh Arena
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
England 5 5 0 132 10
Wales 5 3 1 1 7
Ireland 5 2 1 2 5
Scotland 5 2 0 3 4
France 5 2 0 3 4
Italy 5 0 0 5 0
RELATED ARTICLES