Six Nations
France recall Tillous-Borde as Kockott drops out
ESPN Staff
February 19, 2015
Rory Kockott has failed to recover from a thigh injury in time to face Wales in Paris © Getty Images

France have recalled scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde for their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday, February 28.

Rory Kockott, who was largely disappointing in the No.9 shirt during France's defeat by Ireland last weekend, drops out of the 30-man squad after failing to recover from a thigh injury picked up in the 18-11 loss at the Aviva Stadium.

Toulon half-back Tillous-Borde missed the first two rounds of the tournament with a knee problem, with head coach Philippe Saint-André handing the South African-born Kockott his first two starts for Les Bleus.

Tillous-Borde started all three autumn internationals for France last year and will challenge Clermont's Morgan Parra for a place in the starting XV to face Wales at the the Stade de France.

Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Pierre Bernard, 25, and outside back Sofiane Guitoune were also called up along with Toulouse's young centre Gael Fickou. Impressive wing Teddy Thomas misses out with an ankle problem, while former captain Pascal Pape has been handed a 10-week ban for a crude knee of Ireland's Jamie Heaslip last Saturday.

France squad to face Wales

Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Métro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Romain Taofifénua (Toulon), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing Métro), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Métro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle)

Backs: Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Sébastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Pierre Bernard (Bordeaux Bègles), Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Rémi Talès (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Rémi Lamerat (Castres), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux Bègles), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont Auvergne), Brice Dulin (Racing Métro), Scott Spedding (Bayonne)

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