France: Claassen replaces Picamoles

Date published: October 28 2013

France have been hit by yet another injury blow ahead of the November Tests with Louis Picamoles out of this week's training camp.

France have been hit by yet another injury blow ahead of the November Tests with Louis Picamoles set to miss this week's training camp.

The Toulouse number eight hurt his hip early on in Saturday's Top 14 clash with Toulon and was forced off the field. He will undergo tests this week to determine the seriousness of the injury.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has called up Castres loose forward Antonie Claassen to fill the gap during the three-day training camp at French headquarters at Marcoussis outside Paris.

Les Bleus' preparations have been severely hampered by injuries to flank Fulgence Ouedraogo, prop Thomas Domingo and scrum-half Maxime Machenaud while Morgan Parra is suspended.

France start their November series against New Zealand at the Stade de France on November 9.

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