Les Bleus suffer Medard blow

Fullback Maxime Medard will miss France’s postponed Six Nations fixture against Ireland on Sunday.

Medard picked up a knee injury in France’s 21-17 win over Scotland in Edinburgh last weekend, and will now miss the clash in Paris. Toulouse’s Clement Poitrenaud is expected to start in the No 15 jersey against Ireland.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre will name his match 22 on Wednesday.

France 23-man squad:
Forwards (13): Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), David Attoub (Stade Franais), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Franais), Pascal Pap (Stade Franais), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Mtro), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs (10): Morgan Parra (Clermont), Julien Dupuy (Stade Franais), Franois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Lionel Beauxis (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Aurlien Rougerie (Clermont), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Julien Malzieu (Clermont), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse).