Thomas replaced by Medard

2014-11-20 11:17
Teddy Thomas (AFP)

Paris - Rising star Teddy Thomas has been sanctioned by France rugby union manager Philippe Saint-Andre for missing a training session, and 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.

France beat Fiji 40-15 and Australia 29-26.


France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Maxime Mermoz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Xavier Chiocci

Substitutes (Eight to be chosen from the following 11):

Guilhem Guirado, Alexandre Menini, Uini Atonio, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Yannick Nyanga, Charles Ollivon, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, , Benjamin Fall.

Argentina: TBA

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