Published 06/12/2012 | 05:00
Fofana broke into the Clermont side during the last World Cup and announced himself on the world stage with an incredible flourish to begin his international career – scoring in his first four Six Nations outings. Only the 123rd tackle of last year's pulsating semi-final in Bordeaux from Gordon D'Arcy prevented Fofana deciding that endgame. It had seemed so much easier to score.
A former Leinster favourite, Hines' premature departure through injury in last season's semi-final contributed to his side's inability to force home the result. After six weeks on the sidelines with a ban for some tap dancing on Morgan Stodart, he will be refreshed and eager for vengeance.
One almost had to check his age twice, for the diminutive wizard seems to have been a dominant figure on the scene for much longer than the six years since he first debuted for France. Destroyed Ireland in Paris 2010. Bizarrely deployed at out-half during the last World Cup, which didn't faze him. Nothing much does.
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