Bastareaud out of French squad

Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France’s squad for their upcoming internationals against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France’s squad for their upcoming internationals against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

The Stade Francais centre, who was a member of the side which completed the Grand Slam in this year’s Six Nations tournament, has paid the price for his recent poor form and lack of fitness.

Other notable absentees include the Toulouse trio of fly-half David Skrela, wing Vincent Clerc and full-back Clement Poitrenaud.

Les Bleus coach Marc Lievremont has, however, picked some new faces in the 31-man squad with Perpignan prop Jerome Schuster and Bayonne winger Yoann Huget given a chance to show what they can do ahead of next year’s World Cup.

However, he may be forced into a change with hooker Dimitri Szarzewski set to face a disciplinary hearing on November 8 after he was accused of headbutting an opponent in Stade Francais’ Top 14 clash with Toulon at the weekend.

France face Fiji on November 13, followed by Tests against Argentina and Australia.

France squad:

Forwards: Domingo (Clermont), Servat (Toulouse), Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Guirado (Perpignan), Schuster (Perpignan), Mas (Perpignan), Ducalcon (Castres), Nallet (Racing-Metro), Pierre (Clermont), Pape (Stade Francais), Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Dusautoir (Toulouse), Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Bonnaire (Clermont), Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Chabal (Racing-Metro), Lapandry (Clermont).

Backs: Parra (Clermont), Yachvili (Biarritz), Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Traille (Biarritz), Esteban (Brive), Jauzion (Toulouse), Marty (Perpignan), Rougerie (Clermont), Andreu (Castres), Huget (Bayonne), Arias (Stade Francais), Medard (Toulouse), Palisson (Brive), Porical (Perpignan).

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