France drops Picamoles for disrespect of officials


France have chopped and changed their squad for their next Six Nations game, in a little under two weeks against Scotland.

The biggest casualties are Wesley Fofana, Yannick Nyanga and Louis Picamoles, all of whom started all three games so far. The first two are injured, but Picamoles has been dropped in response to his sarcastic clapping of referee Alain Rolland after he was yellow-carded in France’s loss to Wales on Friday night.

“After this defeat, we made some changes to compensate for injuries and perceived shortcomings in the Cardiff match,” said head coach Philippe Saint-André. “But also in reaction to certain attitudes on the ground vis-à-vis the match officials that have have no place in our sport.

“Respect is the foundation of our values. It is important to send a signal to all players and remind them having the privilege of wearing the jersey adorned with the cock imposes duties and obligations.”

It is a big call from Saint-André, as Picamoles has consistently been one of France’s best players and is their main source of front foot ball. Along with Nyanga’s injury, France will be forced to field a new look back row at Murrayfield.

In other squad alteration news, Morgan Parra is back in the mix and may well start against Scotland, given Jean-Marc Doussain’s nightmare against Wales, while Castres centre Remi Lamerat and loose forward Antonie Claassen, and Stade Français prop Rabah Slimani, have also been added to the squad.

What do you make of Saint-André’s decision to drop Picamoles? Vote in our poll below, and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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11 thoughts on “France drops Picamoles for disrespect of officials

  1. Being cynical as I am, I fully expect Picamoles to be back for Ireland (unless his replacement is outstanding)

  2. Hmm, who have best the best French players so far – Fofana, Nyanga and Picamoles. Could struggle against Scotland.

  3. If Picamoles isn’t in the 23 for France, he will probably be playing for Toulouse that week. I’m really surprised that the French don’t get more injuries. I really hope more players get a break this week. I’m seriously concerned about the well-fair of the Top 14 players.

  4. Not sure Parra will be back in the mix. Red carded the other day for headbutting Rene Ranger. Will be interesting to see where they go.

    Felt sorry for Picamoles the other day though. Didn’t interfere at all for his yellow card. Respect the officials obviously, but I thought the penalty was a joke.

  5. Disrespectful to that cheating t**t masquerading as a ref?

    Wales fans should have carried Picamoles around the stadium in a Sedan Chair!

    Notice how the t**t queried both Welsh tries prompting the TMO to ‘check for a push’ in try no1 and ‘check for a knock on in the build up’ to try no2.

    Funny how he missed the Bastareau forward pass to Fofana and left it to others to signal the knockon when France thought they had scored.

  6. Interesting fact?… Read the other day that the home team wins 78% of the time with Joubert whereas it’s 50% with Rolland.


    1. It was 82% with Joubert, 50% with Rolland and 45% with Walsh. You could have bet on the outcomes with those stats alone (taking a punt that the 50% would be a home win of course)

  7. France rests Picamoles for the Ireland game. I hope he falls and hurts his ankle while eating a sandwich and relaxing. >_< No, I wish him no harm really, great player. One of my favourite 8's in the world.

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