Bastareaud handed three-week suspension

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by Beth Newman

France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been suspended for three weeks for making homophobic comments during Toulon's Champions Cup win over Benetton Treviso and will miss the start of next month's Six Nations.

Bastareaud was cited for "verbally abusing the Benetton Rugby flanker, Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio, in the 80th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12," European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The ban for Bastareaud, who apologised on social media for his remarks, followed an independent EPCR Disciplinary Hearing and means he will miss his country's opening Six Nations game against Ireland on February 3.

Morgan Parra is returning to the France squad. Photo: Getty ImagesBastareaud was earlier named in a 32-man French squad for the Six Nations and has now been replaced by Jonathan Danty. Halfback Morgan Parra was recalled with head coach Jacques Brunel also naming six uncapped players.

Parra, 29, last played for his country in October 2015 and did not feature under former France coach Guy Noves, who was sacked in December following a poor run of results.

Bordeaux five-eighth Matthieu Jalibert received his first call-up while uncapped Danny Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Felix Lambey, Marco Tauleign and Geoffrey Palis were also chosen.

Veterans Francois Trinh-Duc and Louis Picamoles are the most notable absentees in Brunel's squad.

SQUAD

France Six Nations squad

Backs

Anthony Jelonch

Felix Lambe

 Remi Lamerat

Wenceslas Lauret

Sekou Macalou

Maxime Machenaud

Geoffrey Palis

Morgan Parra

Jefferson Poirot

Dany Priso

Rabah Slimani

Marco Tauleigne

Teddy Thomas

Cristopher Tolofua

Sebastien Vahaamahina

Virimi Vakatawa.

Forwards

Jonathan Danty

Anthony Belleau

Eddy Ben Arou

 Yacouba Camara

Camille Chat

 Henry Chavancy

 Geoffrey Doumayrou

Brice Dulin

 Antoine Dupont

Benjamin Fall

 Paul Gabrillagues

Cedate Gomes Sa

 Kevin Gourdon

Guilhem Guirado

Arthur Iturria

Matthieu Jalibert.