Sebastien Chabal has been ruled out of France’s Test against the Wallabies in Sydney with a calf muscle injury.
An MRI scan on Monday confirmed that Chabal will miss France’s last Test of their tour of Australasia after injuring his calf in the 14-10 defeat to the All Blacks in Wellington.
The Caveman will not be replaced, leaving Romain Millo-Chluski and Pascal Papé as the only specialist locks in the squad. Bayonne loose forward Rémy Martin can play in the second row.
The 31-year-old joins Yannick Jauzion, Louis Picamoles and Thomas Domingo on the sidelines, while centre Mathieu Bastareaud has returned home after being assaulted by a group of thugs following Saturday’s defeat in Wellington.
The French management have called up Castres prop Luc Ducalcon as cover for Domingo and he is expected to arrive in Sydney on Wednesday.