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.
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