Rugby World Cup 2011
France duo back in training
Aurelien Rougerie (Getty Images)
Auckland - France received a boost on Wednesday ahead of this weekend's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England when captain Thierry Dusautoir and centre Aurelien Rougerie returned to training.
Flank Dusautoir, sidelined on Monday and Tuesday with an injury to his left shoulder suffered in the shock 19-14 defeat by Tonga last weekend, trained with the forwards and took part in lineout and scrum practice.
Rougerie, who injured his right shoulder against the Pacific Islanders, also missed training on Monday and Tuesday but had a run out on Wednesday but was only involved in non-contact work with his fellow backs.
Both Dusautoir and Rougerie were named in the France starting team to play England announced by coach Marc Lievremont on Tuesday.
England, due to unveil their team on Thursday, have beaten France in the semi-finals of the past two World Cups.
15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Alexis Palisson, 10 Morgan Parra, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy,7 Julien Bonnaire, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Lionel Nallet, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 William Servat, J1 ean-Baptiste Poux
Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Fabien Barcella, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Francois Trinh-Duc, 21 David Marty, 22 Cedric Heymans