France add prop David Attoub to revised squad for Six Nations opener

David Attoub
Attoub reached the final of last season's Challenge Cup with Stade Francais

France have added Stade Francais prop David Attoub to their revised squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy.

Manager Philippe Saint-Andre has also reduced the original 30-man line-up for the 4 February match to 23.

Attoub, whose one cap came against Romania six years ago, received a 70-week ban for eye-gouging in 2010, later cut to 52.

He is included at the expense of fellow prop Luc Ducalcon, omitted due to lack of game time with Castres.

"He is one of the best tight-head props around," said Saint-Andre of Attoub. "We know the Italians' scrum is very good."

Attoub, 30, joins an experienced squad, 14 of whom started in last year's World Cup final loss to New Zealand.

Alexis Palisson is the only World Cup final starter to be omitted, while former captain Lionel Nallet is included after joining the training squad as an injury replacement earlier in the month.

Lock Yoann Maestri and centre Wesley Fofana are the only uncapped names in the party preparing for the match at Stade de France.

Backs: Morgan Parra, Dimitri Yachvili, François Trinh-Duc, Lionel Beauxis, Aurelien Rougerie, Maxime Mermoz, Wesley Fofana, Vincent Clerc, Julien Malzieu, Maxime Medard.

Forwards: David Attoub, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Dimitri Szarzewski, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Lionel Nallet, Julien Bonnaire, Thierry Dusautoir, Louis Picamoles, Imanol Harinordoquy.