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11th February 2013 13:20

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Antonie Claassen Castres 2012

Uncapped: Antoine Claassen

France have called up South African-born loose forward Antoine Claassen into their Six Nations squad to face England next week.

The 28-year-old Castres flank is the son of former Springbok captain Wynand Claassen, but has been playing in France since 2007.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has added five new players to his squad ahead the clash at Twickenham.

Thomas Domingo, Christophe Samson, Yannick Nyanga, Vincent Clerc and the uncapped Claassen will all join the squad as Saint-André searches for a change in fortune after losses so far against Italy and Wales.

At the same time, five players have been dropped including Maxime Mermoz, Damien Chouly, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Yannick Forestier and Romain Taofifénua.

France squad:

Forwards (13): Vincent Debaty, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Luc Ducalcon, Nicolas Mas, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé, Christophe Samson, Yannick Nyanga, Thierry Dusautoir, Antoine Claassen, Louis Picamoles.

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

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