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RugbyU: Back to business for Toulouse's Six Nations pack

Toulouse's six France internationals who lined out at the weekend in the Six Nations defeat to Ireland should all be back in action at the Stade de France for Saturday's Top 14 clash, manager Guy Noves said on Monday. "Some have already been resting, others have still to have a day off but this weekend there will be no rest," Noves said. Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget, Gael Fickou, Yoann Maestri and Louis Picamoles all played in Saturday's 20-22 defeat which handed Ireland the Six Nations crown. Jean-Marc Doussain came on as a substitute.

RugbyU: Saint-Andre has no regrets over Picamoles

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre insisted he had no regrets about suspending Louis Picamoles from next weekend's Six Nations clash with Scotland despite the latter's stunning form. Picamoles was at his usual bristling and marauding best for Toulouse on Saturday in a crushing 37-9 defeat of Perpignan. But he will be missing from Murrayfield next Saturday after he was punished by the French team for sarcastically applauding Irish referee Alain Rolland last weekend when he was sin-binned against Wales.

Rugby Union: Parra recalled but hearing could rule him out

Scrum-half Morgan Parra faces an anxious wait after being recalled to the French Six Nations squad for their match with Scotland on March 8. For the 25-year-old, 54-times capped Clermont star may still miss out -- depending on the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. Parra has been charged with "brutality" after being sent off for headbutting Montpellier's Rene Ranger on Saturday.

Rugby Union: Parra recalled but hearing could rule him out

Scrum-half Morgan Parra faces an anxious wait after being recalled to the French Six Nations squad for their match with Scotland on March 8. For the 25-year-old, 54-times capped Clermont star may still miss out -- depending on the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. Parra has been charged with "brutality" after being sent off for headbutting Montpellier's Rene Ranger on Saturday.

RugbyU: Picamoles bids to be fighting fit for November tests

France and Toulouse No8 Louis Picamoles has been ruled out of a French training camp due to heavy bruising - but is relieved not to have suffered a recurrence of a hip injury, he said Monday. The 27-year-old -- capped 38 times -- had to go off in the ninth minute of Saturday's Top 14 clash with European champions Toulon, raising fears he had suffered the same injury he did on the tour of New Zealand in June. However, Picamoles, who has been replaced for this week's training camp by Castres' Antonie Claassen, said scans had revealed nothing more serious than bruising.

RugbyU: France training squad for November Tests

Thierry Dusautoir will return as captain of France for the November Test matches against New Zealand (November 9), Tonga (November 16) and South Africa (November 23), manager Philippe Saint-Andre said on Friday. The 2011 World Player of the Year was sidelined earlier this year with badly sprained ligaments in his right knee. But Saint-Andre, in unveiling a 30-strong training squad for the Tests said that he was confident that the 31-year-old Toulouse flanker would be able to resume his role as captain.

RugbyU: Clermont round off league campaign with new record

European Cup finalists Clermont established a new French record of 60 successive home wins in all competitions on Saturday as they ended their Top 14 regular season with a 67-3 thrashing of Bordeaux-Begles. Clermont, who play fellow French side and title rivals Toulon in the European Cup final in Dublin on May 18, beat the mark they shared with Stade Francais of 59 which the Parisian club established between September 2004 and March 2008. Clermont's last home loss dates back to November 21, 2009, with a 16-13 reverse by Biarritz.
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