Six Nations

Kockott left out of France squad

2015-02-19 13:37
Rory Kockott (Gallo Images)

Paris - Toulon scrumhalf Sebastien Tillous-Borde has recovered from a knee injury in time to get called up for France's Six Nations game against Wales, Les Bleus announced on Thursday.

Tillous-Borde, 29, comes in for Castres' Rory Kockott, who suffered a quadriceps injury in last Saturday's 18-11 loss to Ireland.

Kockott's selection was already up in the air as his performance at Lansdowne Road had been criticised by coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

Tillous-Borde started in all three of November's Test matches but was sidelined for the Scotland and Ireland clashes due to a bruised knee.

Bordeaux-Begles' flyhalf Pierre Bernard, 25, was also called up to replace prop Nicolas Mas, who hasn't featured in any of France's 2015 Six Nations matches.

Wing Teddy Thomas is suffering from a sprained ankle and makes way for his Toulouse counterpart Gael Fickou.

Saint-Andre could be forced into a further change depending on the outcome of lock Pascal Pape's citing hearing later Thursday.

The 34-year-old faces a ban after kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip in the back.

France, who beat Scotland 15-8 before surrendering to Ireland, host Wales at the Stade de France on February 28.

France squad

Forwards (16): Eddy Ben Arous (Racing-Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Metro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing-Metro), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle)

Backs (14): Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Remi Tales (Castres), Camille Lopez (Clermont), Pierre Bernard (Bordeaux-Begles), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Remi Lamerat (Castres), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux-Begles), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont), Scott Spedding (Bayonne), Brice Dulin (Racing-Metro)

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