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Thierry Dusautoir to captain France in Australia

Updated: Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:46 | Comments

French coach Philippe Saint-Andre (R) and captain Thierry Dusautoir (L) during France's tour to New Zealand last summer
French coach Philippe Saint-Andre (R) and captain Thierry Dusautoir (L) during France's tour to New Zealand last summer

Thierry Dusautoir will take back the captain's armband for France's three-test tour of Australia in June after recovering from a serious bicep injury, but flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc has been left out of Philippe Saint-Andre's 31-man squad.

Pascal Pape led Les Bleus in the Six Nations after veteran flanker Dusautoir was ruled out of the tournament with a ruptured bicep, but the lock will sit out the tour to rest, Saint-Andre told a media conference.

"Thierry is back. Thanks to [Toulouse manager] Guy Noves who really know how to prepare his players," Saint-Andre said.

"Thierry may lack a bit of competitive time but I can assure you that he trained hard while recovering. He really looks forward to play. He's ready.

"[Pape] has not stopped playing since last June. He has struggled recently and he's aware of that, we had a talk about that. He's not 20 years old any more so we decided to leave him to rest."

Despite a rich run of form for Montpellier, Trinh-Duc has been eschewed in favour of Castres pivot Remi Tales and Toulon veteran Frederic Michalak, who was recalled after being omitted for the Six Nations.

Trinh-Duc has struggled for game-time under Saint-Andre, and the French coach made it clear the 27-year-old was well down the hierarchy as he continues to tinker with his halves pairings a year out from the World Cup in England.

"For us, Remi Tales is the number one choice," he said. "Frederic Michalak is back is very good form. He can kick and he can cover both halves positions, and that gives us the possibility to have six forwards on the bench. We did that during the Six Nations and it was pretty successful.

"Yes, Francois Trinh-Duc is in form, but he's not the only one. We could also talk about Jules Plisson, who we left to rest ... Francois has not already lost all chance for the World Cup but we have a hierarchy. I stick to the decision."

Saint-Andre included an uncapped trio in Toulon prop Alexandre Menini, Castres centre Remi Lamerat and Bordeaux Begles' Felix Le Bourhis.

France finished the Six Nations in fourth place and face a Wallabies team who have won their last four matches against northern hemisphere opposition.

The first test kicks off in Brisbane on 7 June, with the second in Melbourne a week later and the final match in Sydney on 21 June.

Forwards: Thomas Domingo, Alexandre Menini, Guilhem Guirado, Benjamin Kayser, Christopher Tolofua, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Bernard Le Roux, Yoann Maestri, Sbastien Vahaamahina, Antoine Burban, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles.

Backs:  Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Frdric Michalak, Rémi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gal Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Rémi Lamerat, Yoann Huget, Felix Le Bourhis, Maxime Medard, Hugo Bonneval, Brice Dulin.

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