Double injury blow for France

Date published: February 21 2016

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France were dealt a blow ahead of their upcoming Six Nations clash with Wales when wingers Teddy Thomas and Marvin O’Connor were injured while on Top 14 duty.

Thomas, who started in les Bleus’ 10-9 victory over Ireland in Round Two, injured his hamstring during Racing 92’s 39-35 triumph over Grenoble on Saturday.

Racing coach Laurent Labit said afterwards that Thomas had suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that has been bothering him recently and does not expect him to return to action before the end of the Six Nations.

“His hamstring has gone again,” explained Labit.

“He felt a dagger in his thigh. With all the efforts he’s put in, he was coming back well. Unfortunately he will be out for a few weeks.

“It will be difficult for him to get back into the French squad (before the end of the Championship).”

O’Connor, who is uncapped, sustained a knee injury towards the end of Montpellier’s 19-16 defeat against Pau.

He is expected to be sidelined for between four and six weeks.

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