France drop Harinordoquy
November 21, 2010
Imanol Harinordoquy has suffered for his lacklustre form so far this autumn © Getty Images
Marc Lievremont has dropped Imanol Harinordoquy from his 23-man squad to face Australia next Saturday.
The No.8 is replaced by Fulgence Ouedraogo in the only change to the side that defeated Argentina 15-9 in Montpellier. Harinorduquy had skippered France in their opening autumn international, a 34-12 victory over Fiji, but only made the bench against Argentina and has now been left out of the 23-man squad.
However, Lievremont remains confident that the influential Biarritz no.8 will regain his best form.
"Imanol was skipper against Fiji, a replacement against Argentina and today he is out of the group. It's true this is tough for him but we are confident in his ability to bounce back," Lievremont told AFP.
France squad to face Australia:
Forwards: T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), N Mas (Perpignan), J Schuster (Perpignan), L Ducalcon (Castres), G Guirado (Perpignan), W Servat (Toulouse), L Nallet (Racing Metro), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), J Thion (Biarritz), T Dusautoir (captain), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), S Chabal (Racing Metro)
Backs: M Parra (Clermont Auvergne), D Yachvili (Biarritz), D Traille (Biarritz), F Estebanez (Brive), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), M Andreu (Castres), Y Huget (Bayonne), J Porical (Perpignan), A Palisson (Brive)
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