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No love for Teddy as winger dropped by France for missing training session

The Racing Metro winger has been replaced by Maxime Medard for Saturday’s game against Argentina.

Thomas has made a blistering start to his international career.
Thomas has made a blistering start to his international career.
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RISING STAR TEDDY Thomas has been sanctioned by French head coach Philippe Saint-Andre for missing a training session, and has subsequently been dropped for Saturday’s Test against Argentina in Paris.

Thomas made a stunning debut against Fiji, becoming only the second Frenchman to score a hat-trick of tries on his first appearance for Les Bleus.

The 21-year-old earned a third straight call-up on Wednesday for the Test against the Pumas in Stade de France after also scoring a try against Australia.

But the young Racing-Metro player forgot to attend training on Wednesday evening along with the squad at the French national training centre at Marcoussis, outside Paris.

And Saint-Andre and his deputies Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet decided to drop Thomas and called up Maxime Medard, 28, in his place.

“In the France group there are rules that everyone should respect,” explained Saint-Andre.

“Teddy, who we love a lot, has forgotten these. When you play in the France team you have to be beyond reproach and respectful on and off the field.

“I had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) with Teddy and he understands. I’m sure it will make him grow up.”

Toulouse winger Medard has 40 caps for France.

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