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AS YOU WERE FOR FRANCE

5th March 2012, 10:27am

Philippe Saint-Andre: Has named the same 23 for the clash with England

Philippe Saint-Andre: Has named the same 23 for the clash with England

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has announced an unchanged 23-man squad to face England following the 17-17 draw with Ireland.

Les Bleus had been trailing 17-6 at the interval in Paris, but they responded superbly in the second half and came close to snatching the win.

And after describing the game as their "most successful" of the tournament, Saint-Andre has kept faith in his squad.

That means that scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili misses out on a recall despite impressing in his return to action for Biarritz.

"Bizarrely, it was only a draw but it was our best performance since the start of the Six Nations," said Saint-Andre.

"Statistics showed that we dominated but did not win."

France - Forwards: Jean-Baptiste Poux, Nicolas Mas, Vincent Debaty, David Attoub, Dimitri Szarzewski, William Servat, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Lionel Nallet, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Julien Bonnaire, Imanol Harinordoquy, Louis Picamoles
Backs: Morgan Parra, Julien Dupuy, François Trinh-Duc, Lionel Beauxis, Wesley Fofana, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Vincent Clerc, Julien Malzieu, Clément Poitrenaud.

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