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France drop Louis Picamoles over lack of 'respect' towards Alain Rolland

Meanwhile, Clermont’s Morgan Parra has been added to Philippe Saint-André’s squad.

Picamoles was yellow carded by Rolland on Friday night.
Picamoles was yellow carded by Rolland on Friday night.

FRANCE COACH PHILIPPE Saint-André has dropped Louis Picamoles from his squad ahead of the Six Nations clash with Scotland in two weekends’ time.

The Toulouse No. 8 was sin binned against Wales on Friday night, before sarcastically applauding referee Alain Rolland as he left the pitch. Picamoles has now paid the price for his lack of discipline as he has been omitted from the 30-man selection to take on the Scots.

Yannick Nyanga and Wesley Fofana are missing from the squad too, with the Toulouse flanker and Clermont centre both having picked up injuries in Cardiff. The new players who join up with the squad this week are Rabah Slimani, Antonie Claassen, Bernard Le Roux, Rémi Lamerat and Morgan Parra.

Slimani and Le Roux have already played some part in this Six Nations campaign, although the former was red carded against Italy for head butting, while the latter suffered a concussion in the same game.

Source: RBS 6 Nations

Saint-André explained the decisions behind the changes to the squad this afternoon:

After this defeat, we have made some changes to compensate for injuries and perceived weaknesses during the game in Cardiff,” he told Rugbyrama. “But also in reaction to certain attitudes on the pitch vis-à-vis the match officials that have have no place in our sport.

“Respect is the foundation of our values. It is important to send a signal to all of the players and remind them that having the privilege of wearing the France jersey demands certain duties and obligations.”

Parra’s inclusion is as notable as Picamoles’ omission, given that the Clermont scrum-half picked up a red card for head butting Rene Ranger on Saturday in the Top 14. The 25-year-old faces a hearing in front of the LNR’s Disciplinary Commission on Wednesday, where it will be decided whether or not he deserves a suspension for the incident.

FRANCE:

Forwards: Antonie Claassen (Castres), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Brice Mach (Castres), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Métro), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Papé (Stade Français, capt.), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Virgile Bruni (Toulon), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing-Métro), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Métro), Damien Chouly (Clermont).

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

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