Attoub surprisingly makes France’s 6 Nations squad

MARCOUSSIS, France (AP) — Prop David Attoub has been surprisingly picked in France’s squad for its Six Nations opener against Italy next week.

Two years ago, Attoub was banned for more than a year for eye-gouging during a Heineken Cup match against Ulster. His only test appearance was six years ago against Romania.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre also selected flyhalf Lionel Beauxis, loosehead prop Vincent Debaty, uncapped center Westley Fofana and uncapped lock Yoann Maestri in his 23-man squad.

France plays Italy next Saturday at Stade de France, and faces Ireland at home the following week.

Saint-Andre replaced Marc Lievremont, who led France to the World Cup final in which it lost 8-7 to New Zealand.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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