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Fri 23 Aug 2019 | 07:09

France forced into late change

France forced into late change
Fri 23 Aug 2019 | 07:09
France forced into late change

INJURY UPDATE: Centre Wesley Fofana has been ruled out of France’s Rugby World Cup warm-up Test with Scotland this weekend.

He has been replaced by Sofiane Guitoune.

Vice-captain Fofana, 31, is suffering from a thigh problem and 30-year-old Guitoune is in line to make his first Test appearance since the 2015 tournament.

Fleet-footed Guitoune scored 16 tries in 31 matches for Toulouse last season as they won a record 20th Top 14 title and reached the European Champions Cup semi-finals.

The last of his five international caps, which all came on the wing, was against Romania four years ago and he joins Gael Fickou in Les Bleus’ midfield for Saturday’s match at Murrayfield.


Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Ryan Wilson, 5 Sam Skinner, 4 Scott Cummings, 3 Willem Nel, 2 George Turner, 1 Gordon Reid.
Replacements: 16 Grant Stewart, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Grant Gilchrist, 20 John Barclay, 21 George Horne, 22 Rory Hutchinson, 23 Blair Kinghorn.

France – revised: 15 Thomas Ramos, 14 Damian Penaud, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Sofiane Guitoune, 11 Alivereti Raka, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Grégory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon, 6 Arthur Iturria, 5 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 4 Félix Lambey, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Romain Ntamack, 23 Maxime Médard.

Date: Saturday, August 24
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 13.10 (14.10 France time; 12.10 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)

PV: 1082

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