Tuesday 23 May 2017

Back-row Goujon to miss France's Aviva date

France's Loann Goujon in action with Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti
Action Images Via Reuters / Andrew Boyers
France's Loann Goujon in action with Italy's Giovanbattista Venditti Action Images Via Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

France have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the Six Nations visit to Dublin with talented La Rochelle flanker Loann Goujon set to miss the remainder of the tournament having fractured his sinus in the win over Scotland on Saturday.

Racing 92's Eddy Ben Arous and Camille Chat will join the squad alongside Clermont's Paul Jedrasiak.

Ben Arous had to withdraw from the initial squad through injury and was replaced by Xavier Chiocci but has been passed fit to return to the squad.

Hooker Chat is another who was absent for the first two games of the Championship, while the third new face is Paul Jedrasiak - the Clermont lock who was first capped in last year's Six Nations campaign. "We will be under pressure in Ireland because we're aiming for the top of the table and if we want to finish there we will have to win in Ireland," says France forwards' coach Yannick Bru.

"It's true that if we'd managed to get the result of the Scotland match with the content of the previous games, that would be ideal but it's not that always that easy.

"It's our job to analyse what worked and what didn't and then to look forward."

All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read has hinted he will reject overtures from overseas and sign a new contract to stay until after the next World Cup in 2019.

Irish Independent

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