Six Nations
Lievremont hands Marconnet a recall
ESPNscrum Staff
January 19, 2011
France prop Sylvain Marconnet runs with the ball, Ireland v France, Six Nations Championship, Croke Park, Dublin, February 11, 2007
Biarritz prop Sylvain Marconnet won the last of his 80 Test caps in last year's Six Nations © Getty Images

Biarritz prop Sylvain Marconnet has been handed a recall by France coach Marc Lievremont for this year's Six Nations.

The experienced Marconnet, who won the last of his 80 Test caps against Ireland in last year's Championship, has been rewarded for a return to form in this season's Top 14 while Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape, Perpignan centre Maxime Mermoz, Toulouse fullback Clement Poitrenaud and winger Vincent Clerc also return to the mix.

Toulouse fly-half David Skrela, Biarritz forward Imanol Harinordoquy, Perpignan centre David Marty, Toulouse winger Maxime Medard and Clermont back-row Alexandre Lapandry lost their places during a disappointing November campaign but are also handed recalls.

France powered to the Grand Slam last year but ended 2010 on a low note with a 59-16 mauling at the hands of Australia. They kick off their Six Nations defence against Scotland at the Stade de France on February 5.

Forwards: Thomas Domingo, Sylvain Marconnet, Guilhem Guirado, William Servat, Luc Ducalcon, Nicolas Mas, Lionel Nallet, Jerome Thion, Pascal Pape, Julien Pierre, Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Alexandre Lapandry, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Sebastien Chabal, Imanol Harinordoquy

Backs: Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, Francois Trinh-Duc, David Skrela, Damien Traille, Yannick Jauzion, Maxime Mermoz, David Marty, Aurelien Rougerie, Vincent Clerc, Maxime Medard, Alexis Palisson, Clement Poitrenaud, Yoann Huget

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