French coach Marc Lièvremont (pictured) presented an almost unchanged list of 23 players to play Wales on Feb. 27. The only new entry is veteran prop Sylvain Marconnet, who makes the team because of a series of injuries among the forwards.
AFP - Veteran France international prop Sylvain Marconnet returned after a two-year absence to the Six Nations squad unveiled Wednesday to face in-form Wales on February 27 at Stade de France
Marconnet, 32, of Stade Francais, comes back into the fold with Benoit Lecouls out with neck trouble and Nicolas Mas missing with a groin problem.
Renaud Boyoud of Dax, a replacement in last week's 22-13 win over Scotland, misses out.
Coach Marc Lievremont also announced that the nine players selected from Toulouse and Clermont will be unable to train with the rest of the squad before Tuesday afternoon as the clubs go up against each other in a Top 14 game on Sunday.
The rest of the squad will train at the national rugby centre here south of Paris on Monday as their games are scheduled for Saturday.
"We just have to get on with it," said assistant coach Emile Ntamack bemoaning the fact that the Toulouse and Clermont players will have just four full days to get ready to face the all-conquering Welsh in the first ever Six Nations game to be played on a Friday night at the Stade de France.
"We could have replaced them I suppose, but with whom," he said. "What we would have gained in freshness we would have lost in automatismes."
Date created : 2009-02-18