France axe former captain Nallet

EX-CAPTAIN Lionel Nallet, Damien Traille and Fabrice Estebanez are the most notable absentees from new France coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s Six Nations squad. The trio of Lionel Beauxis, Clement Poitrenaud and Yannick Nyanga, all overlooked for World Cup selection by former head coach Marc Lievremont last year, have been recalled to the 30-man squad. Les Bleus, who are favourites for the tournament, begin their campaign against Italy at the Stade de France on 4 February.