France call up Planté for Fickou

22nd Jan 2013, 17:06

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Called up: Adrien Planté

Called up: Adrien Planté

Uncapped Perpignan wing Adrien Planté has been called up to for France's Six Nations squad to replaceme the injured Gaël Fickou.

Uncapped Perpignan wing Adrien Planté has been called up to for France's Six Nations squad as a replacement for the injured Gaël Fickou.

27-year-old Planté, who was recognised at international level at youth level, has scored two tries in 13 Top 14 appearances for Perpignan this season and was summoned after Fickou failed to recover from a twisted ankle he suffered during Toulouse's Heineken Cup match with Treviso.

Coach Philippe Saint-André's choice to replace a centre with a wing can be explained by Wesley Fofana's ability to operate in both positions.

Planté, who has been at Perpignan since 2006 and won the French title in 2009, will join up with the 32 other members of the squad on Saturday and will undergo a three-day training camp before Saint-André reduces it to 23 for the opening game with Italy in Rome on February 3.

18-year-old Fickou, is expected to miss at least both the Italy clash and the second game against Wales at the Stade de France on February 9.

France squad:

Forwards: Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Metro), David Attoub (Stade Francais), Luc Ducalcon (Racing-Metro), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais, capt), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Romain Taofifenua (Perpignan), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Wenceslas Lauret (Biarritz), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse)

Backs: Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Metro), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Clermont), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Brice Dulin (Castres), Benjamin Fall (Racing-Metro), Adrien Planté (Perpignan), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon)