Bastareaud fails to make cut
October 27, 2010
Mathieu Bastareaud misses out on the French squad © Getty Images
Mathieu Bastareaud is the surprise omission from Marc Lievremont's 31-man France squad for the November internationals.
The robust centre missed out on the French summer tour having starred in their Grand Slam win last season, but his club form has failed to impress the coach this season. France play Argentina, Fiji and Australia next month.
Other notable absentees include the Toulouse trio of fly-half David Skrela, wing Vincent Clerc and fullback Clement Poitrenaud.
Damien Traille, Yannick Jauzion - who also missed the summer tour - and David Marty have been selected at centre, with Aurelien Rougerie and the uncapped Fabrice Estebanez ready to cover if necessary.
Alongside the 28-year-old Brive man Lievremont has selected two other uncapped players in Perpignan prop Jerome Schuster and Bayonne wing Yoann Huget.
Hooker Dimitri Szarzewski is named in the squad pending a citing for a headbutt in an altercation with Toulon hooker Jean-Phillipe Genevois last weekend.
France squad to face Argentina, Fiji and Australia:
Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Jerome Schuster (Perpignan), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt.), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Sebastien Chabal (Racing-Metro), Imanol Harinorquy (Biarritz).
Backs: Morgan Parra (Clermont), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Fabrice Estebanez (Brive), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), David Marty (Perpignan), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Marc Andreu (Castres), Julien Arias (Stade Francais), Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Brive), Jerome Porical (Perpignan).
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"There is a duty to ensure that every person who decides to participate in rugby has an understanding of the possible lasting effects of concussion." Rory Lamont tells his story
The latest Week in Pictures brings you a selection of the best snaps from around the rugby world with a topless Carlin Isles and scantily clad Waratahs players featuring
'They were generally big strong players, but they never struck me as clever players' - Huw Richards rewinds to 1888 when the New Zealand Natives toured Great Britain