Lying Bastareaud forgiven

Marc Lievremont says he has forgiven Mathieu Bastareaud for lying last season and has included the centre in the French Six Nations squad.

In June last year, Bastareaud suffered an eye injury and claimed five people attacked him in Wellington when he returned to the team hotel following the 14-10 defeat to the All Blacks. Security cameras, however, showed video footage of him entering the hotel unharmed.

Bastareaud then admitted to lying and confessed that he injured himself when he fell in his room because he was drunk.

The FFR punished the centre with 18 sessions of community service to benefit amateur rugby, but he never received a ban.

‘The unhappy episode is forgotten,’ said head coach Lievremont. ‘Bastareaud deserves to be back because he is performing well with Stade Francais and has started to do the community service.’

Lievremont has also recalled scrumhalf Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, flyhalf Benjamin Boyet, wings Aurelien Rougerie and Julien Malzieu and fullback Clement Poitrneaud.

France Six Nations squad:

Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Français), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), William Servat (Stade Toulousain), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Français), Sébastien Chabal (Racing Metro), Romain Millo-Chulski (Stade Toulousain), Lionel Nallet (Racing Metro), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Thierry Dussautoir (Stade Toulousain), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Stade Toulousain)

Backs : Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Stade Toulousain), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Benjamin Boyet (Bourgoin), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Français), Fabrice Estebanez (Brive), David Marty (Perpignan), Yannick Jauzion (Stade Toulousain), Vincent Clerc (Stade Toulousain), Benjamin Fall (Bayonne), Julien Malzieu (Clermont), Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont), Alexis Palisson (Brive), Clement Poitrenaud (Stade Toulousain).