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Marconnet recalled by France

Biarritz prop Sylvain Marconnet has been recalled by France coach Marc Lievremont to his 30-man squad for the defence of their RBS 6 Nations crown.

The 34-year-old veteran won the most recent of his 80 caps in last season's 33-10 hammering of Ireland but he will get the chance to add to that tally after producing a series of impressive performances during the Top 14 season.

The Toulouse trio of winger Vincent Clerc, full-back Clement Poitrenaud and fly-half David Skrela are also rewarded for their fine domestic form having missed out on selection for the autumn internationals.

There are several notable absentees in the form of Mathieu Bastareaud, Dimitri Szarzewski, Julien Malzieu, Louis Picamoles and Florian Fritz as Lievremont looks to turn around French fortunes after a miserable run following last season's Grand Slam success.

Les Bleus had conceded over 40 points in three of their last five Tests, including their 59-16 hammering at the hands of Australia last time out.

France begin their campaign against Scotland in Paris on February 5.

France squad for the RBS 6 Nations championship:

Forwards: N Mas (Perpignan), T Domingo (Clermont) L Ducalcon (Castres), S Marconnet (Biarritz), W Servat (Toulouse), G Guirado (Perpignan), L Nallet (Racing-Metro), J Pierre (Clermont), P Pape (Stade French), J Thion (Biarritz), T Dusautoir (Toulouse), J Bonnaire (Clermont), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), S Chabal (Racing-Metro), A Lapandry (Clermont), I Harinordoquy (Biarritz).

Backs: M Parra (Clermont), D Yachvili (Biarritz), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), D Skrela (Toulouse), D Traille (Biarritz), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Perpignan), D Marty (Perpignan), A Rougerie (Clermont), V Clerc (Toulouse), Y Huget (Bayonne), A Palisson (Brive), M Medard (Toulouse), C Poitrenaud (Toulouse).

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