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Latest update : 2009-02-03

France's coach unveiled his starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nation opener against Ireland. Flyhalf Lionel Beauxis, fullback Clement Poitrenaud (pictured) and centre Florian Fritz will wear the blue jersey for the first time since 2007.

REUTERS - France coach Marc Lievremont recalled backs Clement Poitrenaud, Lionel Beauxis and Florian Fritz on Tuesday for his starting side in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin.

 

Flyhalf Beauxis and fullback Poitrenaud played their last international during the 2007 World Cup, while centre Fritz won the last of his 13 caps in the Six Nations that year.

 

At halfbacks, Lievremont will field for the first time Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Lionel Beauxis, who were in the France Under-21 team that won the world title in 2006 under his coaching.

 

In the pack, number eight Imanol Harinordoquy will be flanked by Thierry Dusautoir and Fulgence Ouedraogo.

 

Captain Lionel Nallet and Sebastien Chabal will form the second row behind hooker Dimitri Szarzewski and props Lionel Faure and Benoit Lecouls.

 
Team:
 

15-Clement Poitrenaud, 14-Julien Malzieu, 13-Yannick Jauzion, 12-Florian Fritz, 11-Maxime Medard, 10-Lionel Beauxis, 9-Sebastien Tillous-Borde; 8-Imanol Harinordoquy, 7-Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6-Thierry Dusautoir, 5-Lionel Nallet (captain), 4-Sebastien Chabal, 3-Benoit Lecouls, 2-Dimitri Szarzewski, 1-Lionel Faure.

 

Replacements: 16-Benjamin Kayzer, 17-Nicolas Mas, 18-Romain Millo-Chluski, 19-Louis Picamoles, 20-Morgan Parra, 21-Benoit Baby, 22-Cedric Heymans.

 

Date created : 2009-02-03

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