Bastareaud out of Six Nations

2011-01-19 14:23

Marcoussis - France has called up veteran prop Sylvain Marconnet Six Nations and again left out center Mathieu Bastareaud in its 30-man squad for the Six Nations.

The 34-year-old Marconnet has 80 international caps, but played only one Six Nations match last year - the 33-10 home win against Ireland. His presence will give France coach Marc Lievremont added toughness, experience and leadership.

Bastareaud played all of the Six Nations games, but was then dropped for tests against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

France won the Grand Slam last year, but ended the season with a stinging 59-16 home defeat to Australia that rocked the team.

France begins its title defense against Scotland at Stade de France on February 5, then travels to play Ireland.

The squad:

Forwards: Nicolas Mas, Thomas Domingo, Luc Ducalcon, Sylvain Marconnet, William Servat, Guilhem Guirado, Lionel Nallet, Julien Pierre, Pascal Pape, Jerome Thion, Thierry Dusautoir, Julien Bonnaire, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Sebastien Chabal, Alexandre Lapandry, Imanol Harinordoquy.

Backs: Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, Francois Trinh-Duc, David Skrela, Damien Traille, Yannick Jauzion, Maxime Mermoz, David Marty, Aurelien Rougerie, Vincent Clerc, Yoann Huget, Alexis Palisson, Maxime Medard, Clement Poitrenaud.