Chabal, Jauzion’s RWC dreams end

Sebastien Chabal and Yannick Jauzion have been left out of France’s preliminary squad for the World Cup.

France coach Marc Lievremont said the 62-cap Chabal, 33, had been dropped for ‘purely sporting’. He added that Louis Picamoles and the uncapped Raphael Lakafia will provide the versatility Chabal offered.

Jauzion was inconsistent in the Six Nations ealier this year, but has since improved for Toulouse. That, however, wasn’t enough to earn him a trip to New Zealand. Fullback Clement Poitrenaud was another notable omission.