Alex King: The insider – French danger men for England
23:38 GMT, 8 March 2012
Alex King, former Wasps fly-half and now assistant coach at Clermont Auvergne, gives the inside track on France's danger men ahead of Le Crunch in Paris on Sunday…
Wesley Fofana Centre, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 24, Caps: 3
X-factor: Wesley Fofana of France
Wesley took his chance when the France regulars were away at the World Cup last autumn and has not looked back since – three tries in three games is quite a start to his international career. He's worked incredibly hard at his game, he's very powerful and his attitude is spot on. He came to the club on Monday and warned me he is going to score two more against England. When he arrived here at 18 he was a bit overweight but the academy system at the club has brought him through all that. He's got the X-factor and has the ability to change a game through a big tackle, kick-and-chase or a line break. He's got all the skills.
Julien Dupuy Scrum-half, Stade Francais, Age: 28, Caps: 7
He's a scrum-half who I really rate. An opportunist who is always on the look-out for an opening, as Leicester found to their benefit when he played a full season in England. Has the ability to make a break out of nothing.
Julien Bonnaire Flanker, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 33, Caps: 73
Julien returned very frustrated after the World Cup and has had the honesty to say that this could well be his last Six Nations. He's a very good line-out technician and is very strong and a versatile back-rower. He has become very important for both us and France.
Julien Malzieu Wing, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 28, Caps: 19
Powerful: Julien Malzieu of France (right)
'Zen' has come back to top form after one or two injuries last season. He was very disappointed to miss out on the World Cup and has a point or two to prove now that he's back in the squad. He's very powerful and is an extremely good finisher.
Clement Poitrenaud Full back, Toulouse, Age: 29, Caps: 45
Poitrenaud must be one player England will be looking at targeting. A great attacker and exciting player but also one who can make mistakes. England will look to put him under pressure from the word go.
Aurelien Rougerie Centre, Clermont Auvergne, Age: 31, Caps: 74
'Ro-Ro' is a legend. He is our figurehead. He's become a very experienced guy who has been there and done it. Centre has become his position, which enables him to get into the game and to use his physicality. He was a bit quiet against Ireland and so will be ready for a big show.