France lose Clerc and Lauret for Italy opener

France will be without backup flanker Wenceslas Lauret for their opening Six Nations match against Italy after he sustained a concussion playing for Biarritz against Toulouse on Friday night.


Coach Philippe Saint-Andre called up the uncapped Pierrick Gunther on Sunday as a replacement for Lauret.


Lauret, who has made three international appearances, had not been expected to start the Feb. 3 match.


Saint-Andre is already without first-choice winger Vincent Clerc after he injured his right thigh playing for Toulouse in the same match.


The coach has complained about the team’s lack of preparation time for the Six Nations, unhappy that international players are competing in club matches so close to the tournament.


Saint-Andre called up the uncapped Hugo Bonneval to replace Clerc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CAPTCHA *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close