Massive blow to France

French captain Fabien Pelous will miss the second Test against the All Blacks in Paris on Saturday.

The 32-year-old lock has been a mainstay for the Tricolores, achieving 110 caps and would have equalled Phillippe Sella’s record for the most Test appearances had a rib injury in sustained the 47-3 loss to the All Blacks in Lyon not sidelined him.

“I’m disappointed, but the pain prevents me from being 100 percent for Saturday so it’s better that a fully fit player steps in,” Pelous told Sapa.

He had a disappointing Test at the Stade Gerland, receiving a 24th minute yellow card and being dominated at the lineouts and in the tight-loose before being substituted with the injury early in the second half.

Team manager Jo Maso announced that his place will be taken by promising Clermont second-rower Loic Jacquet. The 21-year-old is yet to receive a Test cap but said he was keen to add to an already successful season.

“It’s great, I’m really surprised as I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Jacquet.

“Since winning the under-21s French title with Clermont, and then the World Cup victory in the summer I’ve been on cloud nine.

“But this is all thanks to the club [Clermont]. It’s because we’ve been doing so well that I’m in this position now.

“It probably won’t sink in until I get to the national team training centre. But it’s great, my telephone hasn’t stopped ringing all night.”

Coach Bernard Laporte will announce his side for the second Test on Wednesday and veteran Raphael Ibanez is likely to take over the mantel of captain.