Injury jinx hits Vermeulen again

Injury-prone French backrow forward Elvis Vermeulen was ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations on Tuesday because of a broken rib.

The 28-year-old nine-times capped Clermont star – who missed the World Cup because of a herniated disc injury – has been replaced by the uncapped Louis Picamoles of Montpellier.

Vermeulen suffered a blow to his thorax during Sunday’s 27-6 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, but initially declared himself fit for next Saturday’s clash with Ireland at the Stade de France.

However, after training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday he pulled up with sore ribs and the immediate diagnosis was that he would be out for between four to six weeks.

It represents an early birthday present for Picamoles, who turns 22 on Wednesday, and he will join up with two similarly young club-mates in another backrow forward Fulgence Ouedraogo, aged just 21 with two caps, and fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc, also 21 and who impressed in his debut against the Scots.


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