Rugby: France wins Penaud from Argentina's test



Paris, Reuters – Damier Penaud was taken out of the French squad for a Saturday test against Argentina in Lille, the French federation said on Monday.

Penaud, who was selected on the starting line in front of Gael Fickou to meet South Africa in Paris on Saturday, injured his ankle in the first half of the 29-26 defeat in Springbok, but ended the game.

No substitution will be called and Penaud may be available when France in Paris meets Fidji on November 24 in the last three November international matches.

Fickou, who was surprisingly dismissed after an excellent form of the early season, said he hoped he would be heading to South Africa on Saturday, but he would respect the coach's choice.

"I did not go and asked for explanation and did not give it to me. I have to prove even more in my game that I want to play," he told a press conference on Monday.

"I hope to start the following games. My task is center, but if they ask me to play on my lap, I will go out to the wing. I wait patiently for my performance, which I am sure will come."

In the first half, Fickou joined Box as a temporary substitute for the center for Geoffrey Doumayrou, and took most of the second half in the center of Mathieu Bastareaud.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson, Ed Edmond Editing)


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