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France call up Lauret

16th February 2014 14:06

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France flank Wenceslas Lauret

Called up: Wenceslas Lauret

France have called Racing Metro loose forward Wenceslas Lauret into their Six Nations squad ahead of Friday's clash with Wales in Cardiff.

Lauret comes onto the 30-man squad as an injury replacement for club team-mate Luc Ducalcon, who hurt his back in Saturday's win over Bayonne.

Philippe Saint-André''s choice to call up a flank to replace a prop means that les Bleus are left with just one specialist tighthead in the squad, Nicolas Mas.

The news comes just a day after uncapped Castres hooker Brice Mach was called up to replace Benjamin Kayser, who has been ruled out of the championship.

Lauret, capped five times, missed the beginning of the Six Nations - which saw the French make their best start to the tournament since they won their last Grand Slam in 2010 - because of injury.

However, the 24-year-old made a successful return to action for his club in Saturday's 18-8 Top 14 victory over Bayonne in which Ducalcon injured his knee.

Ducalcon, capped 17 times, had been called up as a replacement in the 30 man squad for prop Rabah Slimani, who was suspended for two weeks after being sent off in last Sunday's 30-10 win over Italy which followed the thrilling opening 26-24 victory over England.

France head coach Philippe Saint-André has opted, following Ducalcon's injury, to revert to a direct replacement for backrow forward Bernard Le Roux, who has been stood down for two weeks because of the concussion he received at the end of the Italy game.

Lauret last played for France in the November Tests against world champions New Zealand and South Africa.

There was by contrast no update on centre Mathieu Bastareaud, who said after playing for Toulon on Saturday he had a painful right shoulder.

Saint-André - who had sparked a club versus country row when he pleaded with the Top 14 clubs not to play players who had started both the games against England and Italy - will name his starting XV on Wednesday.

France squad:

Forwards (17): Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Brice Mach (Castres), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Métro 92), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Stade Toulousain), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Sébastien Vaahamahina (Perpignan), Virgile Bruni (Toulon), Ibrahim Diarra (Castres), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing-Métro 92), Yannick Nyanga (Stade Toulousain), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Louis Picamoles (Stade Toulousain)

Backs (13): Jean-Marc Doussain (Stade Toulousain), Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Métro 92), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Rémi Talès (Stade Français), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gaël Fickou (Stade Toulousain), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Marc Andreu ((Racing-Métro 92), Yoann Huget (Stade Toulousain), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Français), Brice Dulin (Castres).

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