Paris - Clermont flyhalf Camille Lopez will not join up with
the France squad for their upcoming tour of South Africa, instead being rested
after a long season, his coach Guy Noves said on Saturday.
The 28-year-old Lopez, who has won 16 caps for his country,
will feature for Clermont in Sunday's French Top 14 finale against Toulon.
He was due to join up with Les Bleus in South Africa next
week, but will now not travel. And Noves will not call up a replacement, for
"For the moment, I prefer to wait," Noves said,
confirming an earlier report by sports daily L'Equipe.
The coach had already chosen not to call up two of Lopez's
Clermont colleagues in centre Remi Lamerat and backrow Damien Chouly.
Lopez has become a first-choice for his country since
Franois Trinh-Duc picked up an injury playing against Samoa in November, but
Sunday's final will be his 31st match of the season. Seven of those matches
have been for France.
France play three Test matches against the Springboks on
June 10 in Pretoria, June 17 in Durban and June 24 in Johannesburg.
The Toulon trio of Xavier Chiiocci, Guilhem Guirado and
Romain Taofifenua and Clermont's Arthur Iturria, Damian Penaud and Scott
Spedding will join up with the France squad in South Africa after the Top 14
Revised squad of 34
Forwards (19): Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Mohamed Boughanmi (La Rochelle), Yacouba Camara (Toulouse/Montpellier), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Xavier Chiocci (Toulon), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Arthur Iturria (Clermont), Anthony Jelonch (Castres), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Clement Maynadier (Bordeaux-Begles), Louis Picamoles (Northampton/ENG), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais/Clermont), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon)
Backs (15): Nans Ducuing (Bordeaux-Begles), Henry Chavancy (Racing 92), Jonathan Danty (Stade Francais), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Brice Dulin (Racing 92), Antoine Dupont (Castres), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Damian Penaud (Clermont), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), Scott Spedding (Clermont), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR)