Fritz out, Fickou in

15th Mar 2013, 12:38

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Gael Fickou: Could earn first cap

Gael Fickou: Could earn first cap

France's replacement centre Florian Fritz has been ruled out of his country's final Six Nations match with Scotland in Paris on Saturday.


France's replacement centre Florian Fritz has been ruled out of his country's final Six Nations match with Scotland in Paris on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Toulouse star failed to recover from a left foot infection and has been replaced on the bench by the uncapped Gael Fickou.

"Florian Fritz will not be fit for Saturday," said a French team spokesman.

"He has a blister that has infected his left foot. He has been replaced by Gael Fickou."

Fritz, who started the 13-13 draw with Ireland last Saturday, had been unable to train since last Monday.

Fickou, 18, had been called up for the pre-Six Nations preparations but has played for the U20 side during the tournament.

France need to beat Scotland to give themselvees a chance of avoiding their first wooden spoon since 1999 and their first in this year's Six Nations.

France (revised): 15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Médard, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir, 6 Antonie Claassen, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Christophe Samson, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 François Trinh-Duc, 23 Gael Fickou.