Tuesday 23 January 2018

Picamoles recovery forces Nyanga out of French squad

Flanker Yannick Nyanga was dropped from the France squad to face Italy in their Six Nations opener in Rome on Sunday when head coach Philippe Saint-Andre trimmed his group to 23.

Toulouse star Nyanga had been kept in the squad by Saint-Andre because of fitness doubts over his clubmate Louis Picamoles and Montpellier's Fulgence Ouedraogo.

However, both came through training unscathed, and along with Thierry Dusautoir – another Toulouse man – and Perpignan's Damien Chouly are the four loose forwards remaining in the squad.

"It is heartbreaking to have to tell Yannick that he has to leave," Saint-Andre said of the 25-times capped Nyanga.

Saint-Andre had decided to keep 24 players from the initial 33-man squad because of uncertainties surrounding the fitness of No 8 Picamoles, who was suffering from a thigh injury.

"Everything is fine, I've resumed training normally, so no worries," Picamoles said.

France (squad v Italy) – Backs: M Machenaud, M Parra, F Michalak, F Trinh-Duc, M Bastareaud, B Fall, W Fofana, F Fritz, Y Huget, M Mermoz. Forwards: V Debaty, Y Forestier, B Kayser, D Szarzewski, L Ducalcon, N Mas, Y Maestri, P Pape (captain), R Taofifenua, D Chouly, T Dusautoir, F Ouedraogo, L Picamoles.

Irish Independent

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