France's Fofana ruled out of World Cup with thigh injury

France's Fofana ruled out of World Cup with thigh injury

France centre Wesley Fofana has been withdrawn from their Rugby World Cup squad in Japan due to a thigh injury he sustained in a warm-up win over Italy last month, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Saturday.

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FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - France Training - National Rugby Center, Marcoussis, France - August 27, 2019 France's Wesley Fofana during training REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

REUTERS: France centre Wesley Fofana has been withdrawn from their Rugby World Cup squad in Japan due to a thigh injury he sustained in a warm-up win over Italy last month, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Saturday.

The experienced 31-year-old, who missed Saturday's 23-21 victory over Argentina in Tokyo, will be replaced by Pierre-Louis Barassi, the FFR said in a statement https://www.ffr.fr/actualites/xv-de-france/forfait-de-fofana-remplace-par-barassi.

Lyon centre Barassi, 21, is the third member of France's World Rugby under-20 championship-winning side of 2018 in the senior squad alongside Romain Ntamack and Demba Bamba.

France, World Cup quarter-finalists in 2015, will face the United States in their next match at Fukuoka on Oct. 2 before games against Tonga and England.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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