BIARRITZ scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili cannot understand why Peter Stringer remains in international exile and will be keeping an eye on the wily veteran when his side takes on Saracens this weekend.
Stringer has temporarily left Munster after falling behind Conor Murray and Tomás O'Leary in the Thomond Park pecking order, as well as Leinster's Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss in the Irish setup.
French international and World Cup star Yachvili does not have fond memories of facing up to Stringer in the Heineken Cup after the pint-sized number nine scored a poacher's try during Munster's Heineken Cup final victory over Biarritz in 2006.
Biarritz do not plan on affording Stringer any space this weekend.
"We will pay extra care and keep a close eye on Peter Stringer because we know all too well how dangerous he can be," Yachvili said.
"He has bounced back by joining Saracens - and he's always been a very good player - so I don't quite understand why he is no longer trusted in the Ireland national squad."
Stringer has impressed since his move across the Irish Sea and Saracens can book a spot in the last eight with victory this weekend, but Yachvili and co will have other ideas.
"Sunday's match against Saracens will definitely be a decider because it will determine our future in the Heineken Cup this season," Yachvili added.
"It will be a tough game, facing a Saracens team in top form and very strong in all competitions and a massive challenge awaits us."
Meanwhile, lock Romain Millo-Chluski has pulled out of France's squad for their opening Six Nations match against Italy and has been replaced by Lionel Nallet, the French federation said yesterday.
Toulouse's Millo-Chluski sustained a shoulder injury in a French league game against Lyon last Saturday.
France play Italy at home on February 4.