France will head to the 2019 Rugby World Cup without Mathieu Bastareaud after their Six Nations vice-captain was left out of a 31-man squad.
Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud explained why he is headed for New York after the Rugby World Cup.
Romain Ntamack drops to the bench as Mathieu Bastareaud returns to face England in one of six changes to the France side.
France were stunned by Fiji in Paris, a defeat labelled as "shameful" by Mathieu Bastareaud.
France captain Mathieu Bastareaud must serve a five-week punishment for striking Castres forward Christophe Samson in a Top 14 game.
An independent disciplinary committee upheld EPCR complaints against Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal and the French club.
Julian Savea says it is "big news" for Toulon that they could be set to sign prolific wing Julian Savea.
New Zealand's Eden Park may be an intimidating venue for visiting teams, but Mathieu Bastareaud believes that works in France's favour.
With regular captain Guilhem Guirado injured, bruising centre Mathieu Bastareaud will lead France in their Six Nations clash with Wales.
There will be five changes for France's line-up in the Six Nations clash with Italy, including a return for Mathieu Bastareaud.