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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2006, 14:12 GMT
Castaignede in team to face Italy
Thomas Castaignede
Castaignede is fit again after struggling with a thigh injury
Thomas Castaignede has been recalled at full-back for France's Six Nations clash against Italy on Saturday.

Castaignede last played for France in the win over South Africa in November, and missed the first two Six Nations matches with a thigh injury.

He replaces Cedric Heymans, with Christophe Dominici reverting to wing.

Also back after injury are number eight Thomas Lievremont and inside centre Damien Traille, who replace Julien Bonnaire and David Marty respectively.

In a separate development, France are to interview former Gloucester and Saracens fly-half Mark Mapletoft for the job of assistant coach in charge of field-kicking.

Team manager Jo Maso said the move followed a recommendation from Castaignede.

"We'll talk to him and he will spend the night at Marcoussis," said Maso. "If we have the feeling he is better than a French coach, we'll take him on."

Mapletoft, 35, won one cap for England in June 1997 against Argentina in Buenos Aires. He became assistant coach of Saracens in June 2005.

He played for Gloucester for 11 years before moving to London, where he spent a year with Saracens and three more with London Irish.


France team:
Thomas Castaignede, Aurelien Rougerie, Florian Fritz, Damien Traille, Christophe Dominici; Frederic Michalak, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Olivier Milloud, Raphael Ibanez, Pieter de Villiers, Fabien Pelous (captain), Jerome Thion, Yannick Nyanga, Olivier Magne, Thomas Lievremont.
Replacements: Sebastien Bruno, Sylvain Marconnet, Lionel Nallet, Julien Bonnaire, Dimitri Yachvili, David Marty, Cedric Heymans.



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