France's Harinordoquy ruled out of Scotland clash

30th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

BIARRITZ, France, Jan 29 (AFP) - France will face Scotland in their opening Six Nations match next Saturday without any of the back row that won the Grand Slam last season as Imanol Harinordoquy was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

BIARRITZ, France, Jan 29 (AFP) - France will face Scotland in their opening Six Nations match next Saturday without any of the back row that won the Grand Slam last season as Imanol Harinordoquy was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old dislocated his right shoulder during his side Biarritz' championship match with his former team Pau on Friday which rules him out for up to 10 days.

France manager Jo Maso said that Harinordoquy - scorer of nine tries in 30 tests - could return for the second match a week later, away to world champions England.

His replacement in the 22 will be named on Sunday and it is likely to be either Remy Martin of Stade Francais or Patrick Tabacco of Pau.

His fellow Grand Slam winning backrowers Serge Betsen and Olivier Magne have already been ruled out from the Scotland match as have lock Pascal Pape, fly-half Julien Peyrelongue and centre Yannick Jauzion because of injury.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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