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Italy lose a forward ahead of key France World Cup match

NEWS: Danilo Fischetti has been ruled out of Italy’s final World Cup group game against hosts France with a rib injury, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) confirmed Sunday.


Fischetti, 25, suffered “three costal cartilage fractures on the left side of the thorax,” during Friday’s bruising defeat to New Zealand, FIR said.

The 35-times capped loosehead prop was forced off the pitch after 18 minutes as Italy fell 17-96 in a defeat which left its mark, with two other players doubtful for the France showdown.

Lock Dino Lamb picked up a left leg injury and will have further tests in the coming days, while hooker Giacomo Nicotera is subject to a concussion protocol.

Italy have already lost experienced hooker Luca Bigi to an adductor muscle injury.

The Azzurri are third in Pool A with ten points and must beat group leaders France next Friday in Lyon to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

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