Trinh-Duc blow for France

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:44
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Clermont's Camille Lopez has been included in the France squad to face Australia on Saturday after first-choice flyhalf François Trinh-Duc was ruled out with a broken arm.

Lopez, back in the fold for the first time since the Six Nations tournament in March 2015, is preferred to Jules Plisson in the 32-strong squad for the match at Stade de France in Paris.

Trinh-Duc broke his right arm in France's 52-8 victory over Samoa in Toulouse on Saturday.

After earning the last of his nine caps in the Six Nations, Lopez was left out of the France squad for the 2015 World Cup by then-coach Philippe Saint-Andre. 

He owes his recall to new coach Guy Noves while Plisson, initially called up for the squad to face Samoa, is overlooked for Australia.

Centre Maxime Mermoz and loose forward Damien Chouly are recalled to the squad while two other players are included for the first time: Toulon prop Xavier Chiocci and Montpellier forward Kelian Galletier.

Racing 92 fullback Brice Dulin is retained despite the return for his club of Maxime Médard, initially left out of the squad because of injury.

France squad: Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille, Rémy Bonfils, Djibril Camara, Camille Chat, Xavier Chiocci, Damien Chouly, Jean-Marc Doussain, Brice Dulin, Gaël Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Kélian Galletier, Kévin Gourdon, Guilhem Guirado, Yoann Huget, Arthur Iturria, Rémi Lamerat, Wenceslas Lauret, Julien Le Devedec, Camille Lopez, Maxime Machenaud, Yoann Maestri, Maxime Mermoz, Noa Nakaitaci, Charles Ollivon, Louis Picamoles, Clément Ric, Baptiste Serin, Rabah Slimani, Scott Spedding, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Virimi Vakatawa.

Agence France-Presse