France name 23 to face Italy

Date published: January 30 2013

France coach Philippe Saint-André has cut his squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy to 23. Yannick Nyanga drops out.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has trimmed his squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy to 23 with Toulouse flank Yannick Nyanga dropping out of the group.

A spate of injuries amongst the loose forwards had forced Saint-André to retain an extra player in the squad announced on Monday.

There had been concerns over the fitness of Toulouse number eight Louis Picamoles and Montpellier flank Fulgence Ouedraogo but both trained on Wednesday without any problems.

In a contact session against France's U18 group, Picamoles, Ouedraogo and returning former skipper Thierry Dusautoir made up the back row.

Some pundits had suggested that Dusautoir, who has not played for France since March last year, would be the man to drop out but it now seems likely that he will start this weekend while his club team-mate Nyanga returns to Toulouse.

Saint-André will name his starting XV on Friday.

France squad:

Forwards(13): Vincent Debaty, Yannick Forestier, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Luc Ducalcon, Nicolas Mas, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé, Romain Taofifenua, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles.

Backs (10): Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Frédéric Michalak, François Trinh-Duc, Mathieu Bastareaud, Benjamin Fall, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Yoann Huget, Maxime Mermoz.