Pelous back for Pumas clash

France captain Fabien Pelous has recovered from injury and will most likely line-up against Argentina in Paris on Saturday.

The big lock has been included in Bernard Laporte’s 23-man squad and will attempt to halt a losing streak inflicted on them in the two-Test series against the All Blacks, but in Argentina the French face a formidable challenge.

The impressive South American’s comprehensively outplayed England at Twickenham last weekend and will be looking to push their case for inclusion in a premier international tournament with a victory at the Stade de France.

Pelous will undergo precautionary tests on the rib injury sustained in the first Test against the All Blacks in Lyon, but scrumhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde is unlikely to recover in time for the match.

“We won’t take the risk to seriously injure Jean-Baptiste,” team manager Jo Maso told AFP. “For Fabien, we are a little more optimistic.”

“We couldn’t change five or six players, who would only have arrived on Monday,” said coach Bernard Laporte, justifying Pelous as the only change to his squad.

“We need some markers and to carry on our work. Anyway there will be some changes within the team.”

Laporte will name his starting XV on Wednesday.


Forwards (13): Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais), Raphael Ibanez (Wasps/ENG), Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais), Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), Olivier Milloud (Bourgoin), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse), Loic Jacquet (Clermont), Lionel Nallet (Castres), Pascal Pape (Castres), Julien Bonnaire (Bourgoin), Elvis Vermeulen (Clermont), Serge Betsen (Biarritz), Remy Martin (Stade Francais)

Backs (10): Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse), Damien Traille (Biarritz), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), David Marty (Perpignan), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Cedric Heymans (Toulouse), Pepito Elhorga (Agen).