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France calls Picamoles into Six Nations squad for England

March 16, 2015

PARIS (AP) — Toulouse No. 8 Louis Picamoles was called up Monday to France’s squad to replace the injured Wenceslas Lauret for the upcoming Six Nations match against England.

Picamoles, who last played for France in a defeat to Australia last June, missed the start of the tournament after picking up a thigh injury.

The 29-year-old player will be joined at France’s training camp in Marcoussis by Jocelino Suta, Remi Tales, Marc Andreu and Yannick Nyanga, who did not feature in the 29-0 win in Italy over the weekend.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre also recalled Thomas Domingo later Monday after prop Eddy Ben Arous was ruled out with a triceps injury following further medical tests.

After back-to-back defeats to Wales and Ireland, France bounced back with the convincing win and has an outside chance of winning the tournament if it beats England on Saturday with a big margin while Wales and Ireland lose.

“We won’t be favorites, but we can win,” Saint-Andre said. “We are going there with a positive pressure on us. There is very little difference between the teams in this tournament.”

Jules Plisson, Camille Lopez and Eddy Ben Arous remain doubtful with injuries sustained against the Italians.

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France:

Forwards: Uini Atonio, Thomas Domingo, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Benjamin Kayser, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Jocelino Suta, Romain Taofifenua, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir, Loann Goujon, Louis Picamoles, Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga.

Backs: Rory Kockott, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Camille Lopez, Jules Plisson, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou, Maxime Mermoz, Marc Andreu, Yoann Huget, Noa Nakaitaci, Brice Dulin, Scott Spedding.

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