23 Jun 2009

Chabal out of Australia Test

6:34 am on 23 June 2009

The French lock Sebastien Chabal is returning home after being sidelined for Saturday's rugby Test against Australia because of an injured calf muscle.

Chabal becomes the fifth France player to pull out of the game, France's third and last of their tour.

Chabal will depart Sydney on Tuesay morning, 24 hours after injured trio Yannick Jauzion, Louis Picamoles and Thomas Domingo.

Mathieu Bastareaud has also returned to France in the wake of his assault by four to five men in Wellington after France's second Test defeat loss to New Zealand.

France won the first Test against the All Blacks 27-22 in Dunedin before their 14-10 defeat in Wellington.