Six Nations

Blister rules out Fritz

2013-03-15 14:06
Florian Fritz (File)
Paris - France centre Florian Fritz was on Friday ruled out of his country's final Six Nations match with Scotland at the Stade de France on Saturday.

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

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

"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 He has been replaced by Gael Fickou."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 Under-20 side during the tournament.

France need to beat Scotland to give themselves a chance of avoiding their first wooden spoon since 1999 and their first in the Six Nations.



15 Yoann Huget, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 6 Antonie Claassen, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Thomas Domingo

Substitutes: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Luc Ducalcon, 19 Christophe Samson, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Gael Fickou


15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Sean Lamont, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw, 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Kelly Brown (captain), 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Ryan Grant

Substitutes: 16 Dougie Hall, 17 Moray Low, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Alastair Kellock, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Max Evans

Referee: Nigel Owens (WAL)

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