Medard suffers long-term injury
March 1, 2012
Maxime Medard is out for up to nine months © Getty Images
France have received a massive blow with the news that star fullback Maxime Medard is set for a spell on the sidelines for up to nine months.
The Toulouse star limped from the field in last Sunday's 23-17 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. He has sustained damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will go under the knife on Monday.
He Tweeted: "The operation is booked Monday and my unavailabilty will be from 6 to 9 months".
And in other news from the French camp, flanker Julien Bonnaire has revealed that he looks set to hang up his international boots at the end of the Six Nations. The 33-year-old - who has 71 Test caps to his name - claimed that he was contemplating calling time on his French career at the end of the World Cup - but after the heartbreak of losing the final to New Zealand, Bonnaire opted to play on.
"We didn't win and I was keen to play a final Six Nations both out of pleasure and to bow out on a good note," Bonnaire said. "At the beginning of my international career I said 'If I reach 50 caps that will be great'. After that I said 60, 70... if I can make 75, it will be terrific. I have had a wonderful career, with really good moments and difficult ones as well."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The Monday Maul turns its attention to drunken nights out, a blunt-talking coach, hidden agendas and crooked feeds
As if beating the Springboks and Pumas on their home turf is not onerous enough Australia, it also involves a road trip from hell writes Greg Growden
He teed up Obolensky's try, fought in Burma and played cricket for Warwickshire - we Rewind to look at the story of Peter Cranmer
With the World Cup just a year away, Tom Hamilton picks out five matches to ensure you have tickets for