Big blow as France star faces injury lay-off
INJURY UPDATE: Racing 92 centre Virimi Vakatawa has been withdrawn from France’s Six Nations squad because of injury and will be replaced by Lyon’s Pierre-Louis Barassi, the French rugby federation announced Sunday.
Fiji-born Vakatawa, who has won 27 caps and has become a key member of the national team, injured his left knee in a tackle during Racing’s 33-32 defeat by Bordeaux-Begles on Saturday.
Barassi, 22, has been capped twice by France.
Les Bleus meet up Monday for a training camp in Nice, with their opening Six Nations match scheduled in Rome against Italy on February 6.
— rugby365.com (@rugby365com) January 18, 2021