Lopez unconcerned by Trinh-Duc return

France's fly-half Camille Lopez takes a penalty kick during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 25, 2017

France fly-half Camille Lopez said he felt no extra pressure from the return to the squad of Francois Trinh-Duc ahead of Saturday's Six Nations trip to Italy.

Trinh-Duc had started as coach Guy Noves's first choice fly-half against Samoa during the November internationals but broke his arm during that game.

Since then, Lopez has established himself in the No.10 shirt.

But Trinh-Duc came through 80 minutes of rugby unscathed for Toulon at the weekend on his injury return and was immediately recalled to the national set-up, at the expense of Toulouse half-back Jean-Marc Doussain.

But Lopez said he's not worried for his place.

"No. Obviously at the start of this adventure he was the first choice, so it's logical that he's recalled after returning from injury.

"He's a quality player, I'm happy for him. I was expecting it.

"I'm lucky to stay in this group, I'm happy, we'll work together to help the squad.

"Obviously it will bring some competition, but it's like that throughout the squad. We need that."