France will head into the Six Nations and opening match with Scotland without talismanic forward Sebastien Chabal due to injury. The opening match against Scotland takes place at Murrayfield on February 6.
Chabal will now have to join Toulouse lock Romain Millo-Chluski on the sidelines.
The management did not reveal the nature of Chabal’s injury, but the setback will be galling to coach Marc Lievremont, who has been open in his criticism of the French Top 14 league fixture list.
Several players have been rested since the Top 14 fixtures and have not taken part in training. They include Scrum-half Morgan Parra, hooker Dimitri Szarzewski and No.8 Imanol Harinoroquy. Chabal’s injury opens the door to Yoann Maestri, the uncapped Toulouse lock.
It appears that injuries are not only having an effect on the French Team , but on the Scots as well! Troubling news for Scotland is that Gloucester flanker Alasdair Strokosch was ruled out of the game with an ankle injury. He will remain with his club as he continues his recovery. Fullback Rory Lamont will also miss the game to continue work on his ankle problem, having come through a club game for Toulon last weekend.