27 May 2009

3 withdrawls from French rugby team

7:27 am on 27 May 2009

The French rugby squad to play Tests next month in New Zealand and Australia has been badly hit by injuries with three experienced players pulling out.

First to withdraw was halfback Morgan Parra who injured his left shoulder playing for Bourgoin against Northampton in the European Challenge Cup final at the weekend. He's been replaced by former first choice number 9 Dimitri Yachvili of Biarritz.

Both lock and captain Lionel Nallet and back rower Imanol Harinordoquy then joined him on the sidelines, the former with bruised ribs and the latter with a painful shoulder.

They've been replaced by Remy Martin of Bayonne and Damien Chouly of Perpignan.

In Nallet's absence, Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir has been named as captain.

The French play two Tests against the All Blacks in Dunedin on June 13th and Wellington on June 20th and one Test against the Wallabies in Sydney on June 27th.