France

Parra out of New Zealand tour

Sun, 26 May 2013 16:43
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Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra has been ruled out of France's tour to New Zealand next month, the national side said on Sunday.

He has been replaced in the squad by Toulouse No.9 Jean-Marc Doussain.

Parra aggravated a thigh problem during Clermont's 9-25 Top 14 semifinal defeat to Castres in Nantes on Saturday, a French team statement said.

"That is stopping him being at 100 percent, notably in his place-kicking," said the statement.

"Following consultation with the Clermont medical staff and those of the French team, he must pull out of June's tournament in New Zealand."

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said: "Jean-Marc Doussain was the player on the stand-by list, it's logical that he joins us."

Doussain's only previous cap came when he entered the fray for the final four minutes of the 7-8 World Cup Final defeat to the All Blacks in New Zealand two years ago.

The 22-year-old will join the initial touring party leaving for New Zealand on Tuesday, while Toulon and Castres players will join up on June 2 after the Top 14 Final the day before.

France play three Tests in New Zealand as well as a match against Super Rugby team the Blues.

AFP

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