Plisson barred from RWC training camp

Date published: July 8 2015

France's World Cup preparations have taken a hit on the very first day with news that Jules Plisson won't be able to join the squad.

The Stade Français fly-half wasn't included in the initial 36-man squad, but was named by Philippe Saint-André as a 37th player as he recovered from a dislocated shoulder.

However the agreement between the national team and the French league limits Saint-André to 36 players, meaning that Plisson will not be able to take part in the training camp that started this week.

It's a blow for les Bleus, with Plisson approaching full fitness, but he will need an injury to a player to be able to join up with the squad.

"Jules Plisson won't be able to do this preparation, which is very important, both at Marcoussis and Tignes," explained Saint-André.

"The agreement (LNR-FFR) allows for 36 players, and here I have 36 players with me. It's definitive.

"Jules is currently in rehab. He's an employee of Stade Français. Afterwards, we're not shutting the door. As I've already said, Jules would no doubt have been in the 36 if he wasn't injured.

"Now he's injured, but he's fighting. He's in a race against time to be fit."