Latest News:

French ambition


By Allez les Bleus
January 11 2012

Under new coach Philippe Saint-Andre, France will be hoping that they can take their World Cup form a few steps further in the Six Nations - and anything other than winning the competition outright will be regarded as failure.

The later stages of former boss Marc Lievremont reign were littered with strife, arguments between the coach and the players no doubt affecting their form – but they still didn’t do badly, did they?

Saint-Andre included newcomers Wesley Fofana, a centre with Clermont, and Yoann Maesti, a Toulouse second-row, their first calls when he named his squad for the Six Nations.

Another second-row, former captain Lionel Nallet, has been called in as a late replacement for another Toulouse big man, lock Romain Millo-Chluski, who is out with a shoulder injury.

France start the tournament at home to Italy on February 4 – the fact that they lost this fixture in Rome last season underlines their inconsistency and gives the squad a real incentive to start well.


Backs: Morgan Parra (Clermont), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Lionel Beauxis (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Aurélien Rougerie (Clermont), Yann David (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Julien Malzieu (Clermont), Clément Poitrenaud (Toulouse).

Forwards: Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Luc Ducalcon (Castres) Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Lional Nallet (Racing Metro), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse/Captain), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz).



View a Printer Friendly version of this Story.

Bookmark or share this story with:

Six Nations 2012
French ambition
Six Nations 2012 (IP Logged)
11/01/2012 12:03
What do you think? You can have your say by posting below.
If you do not already have an account Click here to Register.

Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
We record all IP addresses on the Sportnetwork message boards which may be required by the authorities in case of defamatory or abusive comment. We seek to monitor the Message Boards at regular intervals. We do not associate Sportnetwork with any of the comments and do not take responsibility for any statements or opinions expressed on the Message Boards. If you have any cause for concern over any material posted here please let us know as soon as possible by e-mailing

Six Nations 2012 Poll

Who Will Win 6 Nations 2012?

See results > Submit >>