France wait on injured trio

Date published: March 16 2015

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France are waiting on three injured players after their comfortable win over Italy in Rome on Sunday, ahead of going to Twickenham.%u200B

After a turgid first half, les Bleus eased to a comprehensive 29-0 success at the Stadio Olimpico, with Yoann Maestri and Mathieu Bastareaud scoring second-half tries.

Camille Lopez endured a mixed first half, with some loose early kicks before knocking over two penalties and almost setting up the opening try with a slaloming run through the Italian defence.

As he was hauled down just short of the line, he suffered a knee injury, which appears to be serious bruising that forced him to come off at the break.

In his place came Jules Plisson, who impressed in the second half, but was also injured in the latter stages, suffering a broken nose.

Both players will need check-ups owever Philippe Saint-André believes both will be fit to face England at Twickenham next Saturday.

"Camille has a severe bruise on his knee," he said.

"(Plisson) became a real rugby player because he has a slight fracture to his nose. But both players should be fit for next Saturday."

The final injury concern is Eddy Ben Arous, who experienced pain in his tricep and will need further medical attention to see if he will be available.

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