Bastareaud recalled to French midfield
February 3, 2010
Mathieu Bastareaud will be back in action for France at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Mathieu Bastareaud will return to the Test arena when France face Scotland in their Six Nations opener at Murrayfield on Sunday.
The Stade Francais centre has been handed the No.13 jersey for the first time since causing a political furore by fabricating an assault story while on tour in New Zealand in 2009. He is partnered in midfield by Yannick Jauzion, while Francois Trinh-Duc and Morgan Parra are named at halfback.
Toulouse veteran Clement Poitrenaud is installed at fullback, with Benjamin Fall winning his second cap on the wing. Clermont Auvergne skipper Aurelien Rougerie returns on the opposite wing for his first cap since March 2008.
In the injury absence of Sebastien Chabal and Romain Millo-Chluski, Pascal Pape is called in to partner Lionel Nallet in the second-row.
Imanol Harinordoquy is named at No.8 as skipper Thierry Dusautoir and Montpellier's Fulgence Ouedraogo complete the back-row. Nicolas Mas and Thomas Domingo have edged the prop battle and start either side of Toulouse's in-form William Servat.
France: Clement Poitrenaud; Benjamin Fall, Mathieu Bastareaud, Yannick Jauzion, Aurelien Rougerie; Francois Trinh-Duc, Morgan Parra; Thomas Domingo, William Servat, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Pascal Pape, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo, Imanol Harinordoquy
Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Luc Ducalcon, Julien Pierre, Julien Bonnaire, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, David Marty, Vincent Clerc
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