France star to miss New Zealand tour

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:19
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INJURY UPDATE: France's Fiji-born back Virimi Vakatawa will miss the June tour to New Zealand after lining up a post-season operation on his groin, his Racing 92 club said on Monday.

The 25-year-old former sevens specialist, who has won 17 caps for his adopted country in the XV-man code and last played in this season's Six Nations tournament, will resume training in mid-August.

Vakatawa will also be unavailable for selection for the July 20-22 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

France's three-Test series against the All Blacks starts on June 9 in Auckland.

The second Test is in Wellington on June 16. The third and final Test is in Dunedin on June 23.

Agence France-Presse