France name squad to face Boks and Pumas
May 19, 2010
Racing Metro's Sebastien Chabal will miss the tour to South Africa and Argentina © Getty Images
France coach Marc Lievremont has drafted uncapped duo Jerome Porical and Wenceslas Lauret into his squad for next month's tour of South Africa and Argentina.
Perpignan full back Porical, 24, and 21-year-old Biarritz flanker Lauret are the only new faces in a squad that does not include Toulouse hooker William Servat, Racing-Metro lock Sebastien Chabal and Clermont flanker Alexandre Lapandry who are rested.
"There are certain notable absentees as we manage fatigue and game-time issues," Lievremont told AFP. "William Servat has played three seasons back-to-back at a high level and we'd prefer to leave him rest so he can fully benefit from the off-season. It's also the case with Sebastien Chabal, who is suffering with a back problem, and also the case with Alexandre Lapandry."
In-form Toulouse fly-half David Skrela returns the international stage for the first time since November 2008 while Biarritz prop Fabien Barcella, Toulouse lock Romain Millo-Chluski, fellow second row Pascal Pape and Perpignan centre Maxime Mermoz are also back in the mix having been injured during this year's Six Nations.
Lievremont also revealed that the non-selection of flankers Fulgence Ouedraogo and Antoine Burban, winger Alexis Palisson and outside-half Fabrice Estebanez was because their respective clubs had recently refused to release them for the France sevens team.
France will play South Africa in Cape Town on June 12, an Argentinian provincial selection in La Plata on June 18 and Argentina in Buenos Aires on June 26.
France squad for tour to South Africa and Argentina:
Forwards (16): Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Biarritz)
Backs (14): Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), David Skrela (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), David Marty (Perpignan), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Marc Andreu (Castres), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse), Jerome Porical (Perpignan), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Julien Malzieu (Clermont)
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