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The BBC's Alastair Hignall
"Magne is a magnificent player but he is also very lucky"
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Thursday, 9 March, 2000, 23:09 GMT
Magne handed three-week ban

Magne tackles Scotland's Glenn Metcalfe
French flanker Olivier Magne will miss the Six Nations clash against Ireland after being banned for three weeks for head-butting.

He was found guilty of illegal use of the head against number eight Stuart Reid during his country's victory over of Scotland at Murrayfield last Saturday.

Magne was given his punishment after attending a disciplinary committee in Dublin.

He had been named in the France squad to face Ireland in Paris on March 18 but coach Bernard Laporte will now have to re-think.

The ban is not as harsh as it could have been and it means Magne will be free to return for France's final game against Italy.

The suspension has been back-dated to the date of the Scotland match and will therefore expire on March 25.

Laporte has made a number of other changes from the team which faced Scotland.

Lock Jean Daude, who was sin-binned during the Murrayfield match, has been replaced by Hugues Miorin.

Centre Stephane Glas, fly-half Alain Penaud and Abdel Benazzi who all missed the 28-16 victory over the Scots, have all been included in the squad.

France squad:

Backs: Thomas Castaignede (Castres), Emile Ntamack (Toulouse), David Venditti (Brive), Thomas Lombard (Stade Francais), Stephane Glas (Bourgoin), Christophe Dominici (Stade Francais), Gerald Merceron (Montferrand), Alain Penaud (Toulouse), Aubin Hueber (Toulon), Christophe Laussucq (Stade Francais)

Forwards: Christian Califano (Toulouse), Franck Tournaire (Toulouse), Pieter De Villiers (Stade Francais), Raphael Ibanez (Perpignan), Marc Dal Maso (Colomiers), Olivier Brouzet (Begles-Bordeaux), Hugues Miorin (Toulouse), Fabien Pelous (Toulouse, cap), Thomas Lievremont (Perpignan), Arnaud Costes (Montferrand), Abdelatif Benazzi (Agen), Sebastien Chabal (Bourgoin)

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