Elissalde close to recall

Veteran scrum-half could be included in France squad

Last Updated: 18/01/10 10:47am

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Elissalde: Poised for a recall

Elissalde: Poised for a recall

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Toulouse scrum-half Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is set for a recall to the France squad for the RBS Six Nations.

With Julien Dupuy handed a lengthy suspension for gouging and Dimitri Yachvili injured, coach Marc Lièvremont is short of options for the No.9 shirt.

Morgan Parra is the favourite to start against Scotland on February 7 at scrum-half, with the veteran Elissalde, who was last capped in November 2008, and his Toulouse team-mate Frédéric Michalak now in the running for places in the squad.

"Fred is one of those whom we look at every time. Especially at scrum-half," Lièvremont told L'Equipe.

"Without counting the fact that we orientating ourselves towards place-kicking scrum-halves, and Dimitri Yachvili is also injured, I think it'll more likely be 'Jean-Ba'."

Lièvremont has also hinted that he may change the dynamics of the squad to include an extra back - especially following the injury to prop Fabien Barcella.

"Five props and three hookers remains the best formula," he said.

"But with the injury to Fabien Barcella, there's is a chance that we go for four props and three hookers."

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