France suffer double blow

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France suffer double blow

France will be without injured duo Lionel Beauxis and Maxime Mermoz for Friday’s crunch Six Nations encounter against Wales.

Beauxis has failed to recover from a hip injury he sustained during his club Stade Francais’s Top 14 clash against Toulon on Friday evening, while centre Mermoz has suffered a tear in his right quad.

Coach Marc Lievremont has called up 22-year-old Montpellier flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc and uncapped 20-year-old Mathieu Bastareaud.