French injury problems continue
Bourgoin centre Stephane Glas is the latest injury worry for France, after withdrawing from the squad for the final Six Nations match at home to Italy on April 1.
The player, who was a member of the 1997 and 1998 Grand Slam winning sides, revealed he had a groin strain and will miss what will be the first all-Latin clash in the newly Six Nations tournament. "I had already felt a pain at the beginning of the year in January-February," said Glas. "But it seemed to have gone especially when I rested because of my ankle injury. But today I just could not accelerate. I must stop, take it easy and look after myself."
A replacement for 26-year-old Glas will be named on Monday by coach Bernard Laporte, who has had to cope with a seemingly endless list of injuries during his first season in charge of the national team.
Cedric Desbrosse of Toulouse would be the obvious choice instead of Glas, but Desbrosse, who was included in the 'A' team to face Italy, also picked up a knock to his right hand at the weekend against Montauban, though it is not thought to be serious. His team-mate Franck Belot, also in that 'A' team, picked up a rib injury in the same match.
Glas' teammate for club and country lock Jean Daude, who played against Scotland at Murrayfield but was overlooked for the squads against Ireland and Italy, is meanwhile expected to be sidelined for some time after picking up a neck injury for Bourgoin.