Mathieu Bastareaud has been included in the France Six Nations squad a matter of hours before getting a 3 week ban over an alleged homophobic slur.
Bastareaud was banned for three weeks after appearing to call Benetton Treviso lock Sebastian Negri a “f*****g f*****t” during Toulon’s European Champions Cup win on Sunday.
The centre, recalled by Les Bleus to face New Zealand last November following a two-year absence, was included in a list of 32 named by Jacques Brunel on Wednesday.
France start the tournament with a clash against Ireland at Stade de France on February 3.
France Six Nations squad:
Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Paul Gabrillagues, Cedate Gomes Sa, Kevin Gourdon, Guilhem Guirado, Arthur Iturria, Anthony Jelonch, Felix Lambey, Wenceslas Lauret, Sekou Macalou, Jefferson Poirot, Dany Priso, Rabah Slimani, Marco Tauleigne, Christopher Tolofua, Sebastien Vahaamahina,
Backs: Mathieu Bastareaud, Anthony Belleau, Henry Chavancy, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Brice Dulin, Antoine Dupont, Benjamin Fall, Matthieu Jalibert, Remi Lamerat, Maxime Machenaud, Geoffrey Palis, Morgan Parra, Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa.
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