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Dusautoir delighted to be back

16th October 2013 13:53

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Thierry Dusautoir leading out France

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France flank Thierry Dusautoir admits he cannot wait to pull on the blue shirt of his country again after being named in their squad for November's Tests.

Dusautoir missed June's series against New Zealand due to injury but is back to face the All Blacks, Tonga and South Africa next month.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said last week when announcing his squad that the 31-year-old Dusautoir would reclaim the captaincy from lock Pascal Pape if he is 100 percent fit in November.

"The most important thing is that the France team tackles these next three matches with the maximum confidence," said Dusautoir, who missed last year's November Tests with another knee injury before returning in the Six Nations.

France had a disappointing tour of New Zealand in June, losing all three Tests. But Dusautoir is looking forward to the opportunity for revenge, and not just against the All Blacks.

France lost 19-14 to Tonga the last time the two sides met at the 2011 World Cup whilst their previous clash with the Boks ended in a crushing 42-17 defeat in Cape Town in 2010.

"Some great matches are awaiting us, great opportunities which, I hope, will allow us to increase our number of victories by building on what we managed to do in the summer," added Dusautoir.

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