Picamoles blow for France

Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:39
Large louis picamoles injured

France and Toulouse No.8 Louis Picamoles has been ruled out of a French training camp due to heavy bruising.

France and Toulouse No.8 Louis Picamoles has been ruled out of a French training camp due to heavy bruising - but is relieved not to have suffered a recurrence of a hip injury.

The 27-year-old - capped 38 times - had to go off in the ninth minute of Saturday's Top 14 clash with European champions Toulon, raising fears he had suffered the same injury he did on the tour of New Zealand in June.

However, Picamoles, who has been replaced for this week's training camp by Castres' Antonie Claassen, said scans had revealed nothing more serious than bruising.

"I am not fit enough to go to the training session because it is too painful to train," said Picamoles.

"However, there was nothing in the scans, just bruising.

"I am going to above all try to get fit for the Top 14 match with Brive [November 2] and then hopefully for the Tests."

The French squad are undergoing a two-day session with coach Philippe Saint-Andre before returning to their clubs.

France have three Tests lined-up in November.

They play world champions the All Blacks, who beat them 3-0 in the June series, on November 9 - followed a week later by a match against Tonga, who beat them in a stunning upset in their pool game at the 2011 World Cup, and round it off with a clash with South Africa on November 23.


There are currently no matches being played
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Fri, 16 October 2015
Blue Bulls v Western Province 17h00 Pretoria
Connacht v Zebre 18h30 Sportsground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 18h35 Scotstoun
Scarlets v Leinster 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Edinburgh v Ulster 18h45 BT Murrayfield
Fri, 09 October 2015
New Zealand v Tonga 47 | 9
Western Province v EP Kings 45 | 14
Pumas v Blue Bulls 24 | 25
Wed, 07 October 2015
Namibia v Georgia 16 | 17
South Africa v United States 64 | 0
Tue, 06 October 2015
Fiji v Uruguay 47 | 15
Canada v Romania 15 | 17
Sun, 04 October 2015
Ireland v Italy 16 | 9
Argentina v Tonga 45 | 16
Zebre v Scarlets 8 | 20
Sat, 03 October 2015
England v Australia 13 | 33
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 36 | 31
South Africa v Scotland 34 | 16
Samoa v Japan 5 | 26
Leinster v Dragons 37 | 13
TOP 14