France coach Marc Lievremont has recalled controversial centre Mathieu Bastareaud to his squad for the RBS Six Nations.
Bastareaud was sent home in disgrace during France’s tour of New Zealand but retakes his place in the 30-man squad along with Toulouse scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde.
Stade Francais star Bastareaud received a three-month suspended sentence for lying to French police over an assault and Lievremont said: “The unfortunate Bastareaud episode of (last) summer is closed for us now.”
Damien Traille will miss the campaign through injury and Lievremont has also not included the mercurial Frederic Michalak and Maxime Medard.
Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Frantais), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Frantais), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Metro), Sebastien Chabal (Racing-Metro), Pascal Pape (Stade Frantais), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont).
Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Benjamin Boyet (Bourgoin), Frantois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Fabrice Estebanez (Brive), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Frantais), David Marty (Perpignan), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Julien Malzieu (Clermont), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Brive), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Benjamin Fall (Bayonne)