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I have always wondered why Beauxis is not playing for France more often. He's outstanding when kicking and has the tactical nous this team needs.
Parra is not as consistent as other scrumhalves, but last year he played really well in most of his games during the 6N.
Jauzion has always been my favourite 12, but I have not seen him this year so I don't know about his form of late. If I could choose, I would go for Parra or Dupuy and Beauxis as the axis pair.
I never liked Skrela much, he's always had a tendency to crack under pressure. He may be physical and his kicking is good, but he makes some blunders that are really costly (like fumbling the ball at the most untimely moments of the match, for example when you are trying to come back and win a game that looked lost and could have been won, as two years ago against Ireland or England, I can't remember).
The centres are a cause for concern, too, as they lack creativity, unless Mermoz is back to his form of late. It's strange Fritz hasn't been called up (instead of Marty, who is a good defender but whose hands are slow and poor at times), and two of my favourite players, Yann David and Benoit Baby, are apparently too prone to injuries to be considered for selection (maybe they are injured now).
I don't understand why Malzieu is not in the squad (he's really fast, strong and intelligent as a player).
Picamoles would be on my list instead of Chabal.
France are spoilt for riches in most positions, they have the biggest pool of first-class players to choose from (mostly for the back three). Or maybe Lièvremont with all his tinkering has made us think that all those players he's tried so far are worth wearing the French jersey.
Posted 22:24 20th January 2011
But Yohan Huget and Alexis Palisson ahead of Julien Malzieu? Strange one there.
I'm glad to see Mermoz back in the fold. He was undroppable in the early days of Lievremont's reign but sadly missed out lately through injury and Lievremont's unsurmountable and irresistible desire for tinkering with the squad.
The front row of Servat, Mas, and Domingo is simply magnificent. Scrum time should be fun!
Come on France! Bounce back from your dreadful November and give us a good 6N! World Cup round the corner... wake up already!
Allez les Bleus!!
Posted 23:54 19th January 2011
If I had to choose from those players my starting lineup would be: Domingo-Servat-Mas; Nallet-Pierre; Dusatoir-Bonnaire-Harinordoquy; Parra-Trinh-Duc; Medard-Jauzion-Mermoz-Clerc; Poitrenaud. I wonder how Jauzion and Mermoz will mix, as the position of 13 may be the weakest in the team. I would even play with Traille in the centre, I prefer him to Marty (he was never my cup of tea), and I have not seen Rougerie or Poitrenaud in that position. The rest of the team is world class (on a good day and with the right tactics; let's not remember the Australia game...). Apparently Lièvremont wants to play Poitrenaud in the position of outside centre. If he does that, maybe Medard would be the fullback. I don't like Palisson so much. I wonder whatever happened to unlucky Benjamin Fall (he looked full of promise last year in the Tournament until he got injured). If they focus and play to their strengths, France are unbeatable in the Northern Hemisphere. I can't see England with so many injured players being a threat to France, or Ireland, on the wane, but I suppose this is not the last France squad; there are always injuries before the start of the tournament. The pool of players to choose from for France is the most extensive in Europe.
Posted 22:11 19th January 2011
I cannot believe some of this selection, Julien Pierre, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Damien Traille, Maxime Mermoz, David Marty, Yohan Huget, all have been tried and found wanting at top level. Picamoles, Dupuuy, Malzieu among the omissions gives some serious cause for concern going into 6 nations, yes France as ever have a strong squad but ML seems to have no plan whatsoever. I do believe this squad as a whole will prevent France getting back to back Grand slams which could have been easy with a better squad than this.
This also will undoubtedly represent most of the WC squad which is highly depressing, especially considering most of these players were involved in some of the recent hidings France have been dealt.
ML player selections seem to me both baffling and quite frankly a joke.
Posted 19:59 19th January 2011
It beggars belief that they left Lievremont in charge after the Autumn. No Julien Malzieu?!? The man is a better winger than Huget and Rougerie, a better centre than Rougerie and probably Poitrenaud, his omission is absolute madness.
Posted 19:30 19th January 2011
quite a strong selection of forwards....malzieu should walk into that starting 15 though. i hoped he'd have gave up on traille for an outhalf. no great outside centre there either. i don't expect much creativity from them but i hope i'm wrong
Posted 16:20 19th January 2011
Still don't understand how Lievremont can leave out both Picamoles and Fritz...
Malzieu or Andreu are far ahead of Huget in terms of efficiency and experience; an other enigma here.
Posted 13:20 19th January 2011
fantastic set of players. cant wait for the Ireland France match. surely the biggest game of the tournament once again!
Posted 12:48 19th January 2011
Poor selection by Marc Lièvremont. Whilst certain selected players deserve their place, I cannot see France winning the Six Nations and World Cup without Louis Picamoles, Mathieu Bastareaud, Julien Dupuy and Florin Fritz in the first fifteen. Watch the space and I will be vindicated.
Posted 12:46 19th January 2011
Very interesting how Chabal was named amongst the loose forwards as opposed to lock...
Posted 12:34 19th January 2011