Six Nations

Parra, Trinh-Duc left out of French Six Nations squad

Guy Noves (File)
Guy Noves (File)

Paris - Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra and Montpellier flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc were notable absentees on France coach Guy Noves' squad for the Six Nations tournament on Thursday.

In form Jean-Marc Doussain of Toulouse, who plays both flyhalf and scrumhalf was preferred to Trinh-Duc, who was originally included in December but has just made his comeback from a shin injury.

Another injury victim Parra suffered a sprained leg playing in the loss to Bordeaux-Begles in the European Champions Cup last week and has not been replaced in the line-up.

Noves has however found a place for Racing Metro and France Rugby Sevens star the Fiji born wing Virimi Vakatawa, who is yet to play for the full France team.

Clermont lock Sebastien Vahaamahina was also injured in the European Cup game with Bordeaux and while he told Noves he was unavailable, the handler has called the giant 24-year-old up anyway.

Noves has in fact included ten uncapped players on his list of 31 in preparation for France's first Six Nations game against Italy on February 6.

French Squad

Forwards (17):

Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bgles), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Vincent Pelo (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Franais), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon, cap.), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulon), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Franais), Sbastien Vahaamahina (Clermont), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Yacouba Camara (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Antoine Burban (Stade Franais), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle).

Backs (14):

Sbastien Bzy (Toulouse), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Jules Plisson (Stade Franais), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Jonathan Danty (Stade Franais), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Gal Fickou (Toulouse), Rmi Lamerat (Castres), Marvin O'Connor (Montpellier), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR), Maxime Mdard (Toulouse), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Franais), Scott Spedding (Clermont)

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