France squad for Ireland match
March 9, 2000
French coach Bernard Laporte dropped lock Jean Daude and recalled Hugues Miorin to his squad for the crucial March 19 Six Nations match with Ireland on Thursday.
Laporte, who selected 23 players including flanker Olivier Magne who faces a disciplinary hearing on Thursday for allegedly headbutting Scottish backrower Stuart Reid last Saturday, was able to call on experienced trio Abdelatif Benazzi, Alain Penaud and Stephane Glas, who have all recovered from injury.
Daude, whose replacement Miorin last played in 1997, has lost his place after just one match despite France beating Scotland 28-16 - his sinbinning at the end of the first-half did not go down well with arch-disciplinarian Laporte.
Laporte, who has received mixed reviews in his first season in charge of the 1999 World Cup finalists, will announce his team for the match that will probably decide who finishes runners-up behind England in the inaugural Six Nations tournament.
Backs: Thomas Castaignede (Castres), Emile Ntamack (Toulouse), David Venditti (Brive), Thomas Lombard (Stade Francais), Stephane Glas (Bourgoin), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Gerald Merceron (Montferrand), Alain Penaud (Toulouse), Aubin Hueber (Toulon), Christophe Laussucq (Stade Francais)
Forwards: Christian Califano (Toulouse), Franck Tournaire (Toulouse), Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), Raphael Ibanez (Perpignan), Marc Dal Maso (Colomiers), Olivier Brouzet (Begles-Bordeaux), Hugues Miorin (Toulouse), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse, cap), Thomas Lievremont (Perpignan), Arnaud Costes (Montferrand), Abdelatif Benazzi (Agen), Olivier Magne (Montferrand), Sebastien Chabal (Bourgoin)