Kockott left out by France

Date published: February 19 2015

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Rory Kockott has been omitted from the French squad to face Wales next weekend, with fit-again Sébastien Tillous-Borde included instead.

The Castres scrum-half started both of les Bleus' opening two games of the Six Nations, but came under fire after a disappointing display against Ireland.

He was also suffering from a quad injury which left him doubtful for the game against the Welsh.

Meanwhile Toulon scrum-half Tillous-Borde, who missed the start of the competition with a thigh problem, is now fit to retake his place, having started all three Tests in November.

Elsewhere it's a largely unchanged squad, with Pierre Bernard called up and Gaël Fickou also rejoining the squad.

Teddy Thomas, who went off early in the loss in Ireland, is also absent as he recovers from an ankle strain, while Nicolas Mas is the other player left out of the squad.

Pascal Papé is included in the squad pending the result of his disciplinary hearing over his knee on Jamie Heaslip.

France squad to face Wales

Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous, Vincent Debaty, Uini Atonio, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Benjamin Kayser, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé, Jocelino Suta, Romain Taofifenua, Thierry Dusautoir, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga, Damien Chouly, Loann Goujon

Backs: Morgan Parra, Sébastien Tillous-Borde, Pierre Bernard, Camille Lopez, Rémi Talès, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gaël Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Rémi Lamerat, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Noa Nakaitaci, Brice Dulin, Scott Spedding

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