France trio passed fit
Les Bleus forwards all expected to play in Ireland opener
Last Updated: February 2, 2009 6:22pm
Nallet (L) and Chabal: Fitness boosts
France have received a triple injury boost ahead of their RBS Six Nations opener against Ireland on Saturday.
Prop Benoit Lecouls and second-row partners Lionel Nallet and Sebastien Chabal - sustained minor injuries while on club duty at the weekend.
However, all three reported to Marcoussis on Sunday evening for the start of a week's preparation ahead of the Six Nations opener at Croke Park - news which comes as a huge relief to head coach Marc Lievremont.
Lecouls appeared to be Lievremont's biggest concern, the Toulouse prop having received a neck injury during his side's defeat to Biarritz on Saturday.
But the France prop said: "I feel hardly anything now. Everything should be okay."
Les Bleus captain Nallet looks to have recovered from a rib complaint and Sale Sharks' Chabal has shrugged off a shoulder problem suffered during his club's win at Worcester Warriors.
France were expected to train for a couple of hours on Monday afternoon while Lievremont will name his starting XV for the Ireland match on Tuesday.