Many of France’s players will play in the Top 14 this weekend.
Although agreements are in place between clubs and national teams in each of the competing sides in the Six Nations, no such policy exists in France.
As a result, many of Guy Noves’ key players will see game time this weekend, including French captain Guilhem Guirado.
Others such as the impressive Jonathan Danty, Rabah Slimani, Yoann Maestri and Yacouba Camara will also take part in their club’s respective Top 14 fixtures.
This of course will of great annoyance to Noves, who despite winning his first two games in charge of France, will be hoping that many of his key men survive injury.
Of course Noves is not the only Six Nations coach holding his breadth, with Wales already sweating over the fitness of Racing’s Luke Charteris and Clermont’s Jonathan Davies.
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Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena