France drop Parra and Trinh-Duc from Six Nations squad

Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra and Montpellier fly-half 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 fly and scrum-half 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.


Forwards (17): Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Vincent Pelo (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon, cap.), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulon), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Yacouba Camara (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Antoine Burban (Stade Français), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle).

Backs (14): Sébastien Bézy (Toulouse), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Jonathan Danty (Stade Français), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Rémi Lamerat (Castres), Marvin O’Connor (Montpellier), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Français), Scott Spedding (Clermont)


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