Experienced French scrumhalf Morgan Parra to miss Six Nations opener against Ireland
France scrum-half Morgan Parra has been ruled out of the NatWest 6 Nations opener against Ireland with a knee injury.
The French Rugby Federation announced on Monday that the 29-year-old Clermont Auvergne player, recently recalled to the international set-up after a two-year absence, has been replaced in coach Jacques Brunel's squad by Bordeaux's Baptiste Serin.
Toulon full-back Hugo Bonneval has also been drafted in, with Racing 92 full-back Brice Dulin sidelined due to a calf problem.
The FFR posted on Twitter: "After this weekend's games in the European Cup and following medical examinations, @MorganParraOff, victim of a knee injury, and is out for #FRAIRL. He is replaced in the group by @Serin_Baptiste #soutienslexv
"@BriceDulin, victim of a calf muscle injury, is also out for #FRAIRL. He is replaced in the group by @hugobonneval #soutiensleXV"
Les Bleus kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Paris on Saturday, February 3.