Six Nations 2014: France drop Louis Picamoles after heavy loss in Wales

Six Nations 2014: France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre drops Louis Picamoles after their heavy loss to Wales

DROPPED: France No8 Louis Picamoles

Louis Picamoles is the biggest casualty in the aftermath of their 27-6 thumping by Wales in the Six Nations on Friday.

The powerful No.8, who has been one of France’s stand-out forwards in this year’s championship, has been dropped after sarcastically clapping Irish referee Alain Rolland when yellow carded mid-way through the second half in Cardiff.

It is important to send a signal to all players and remind them having the privilege of wearing the jersey adorned with the cock imposes duties and obligations

Philippe Saint-Andre

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre said: “After this defeat, we made some changes to compensate for injuries and perceived shortcomings in the Cardiff match, but also in reaction to certain attitudes on the ground vis-à-vis the match officials that have no place in our sport.

“Respect is the foundation of our values. It is important to send a signal to all players and remind them having the privilege of wearing the jersey adorned with the cock imposes duties and obligations.”

Saint-Andre has named a 30-man training squad ahead of their round four match with Scotland on Saturday 8 March at Murrayfield with Morgan Parra, Antonie Claassen and Remi Lamerat brought in, but 2011 Rugby World Cup finalist Parra faces a disciplinary hearing after being red-carded for a head butt as Clermont Auvergne cruised to a 42-16 win over Montpellier on Saturday.

After coming back from injury, scrum-half Parra was expected to start against Scotland, but could face a ban of no less than two weeks, as was the case for Slimani who was red-carded for the same offence against Italy earlier in the Six Nations.

Forwards (17): Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Thomas Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), Yannick Forestier (Castres Olympique), Brice Mach (Castres Olympique), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro 92), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier Herault Rugby), Rabah slimani (Stade Français Paris), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français Paris), Yoann Maestri (Stade Toulousain), Pascal Pape (Stade Français Paris) (captain), Sebastien Vahaamahina (USA Perpignan), Virgile Bruni (RC Toulon), Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont Auvergne), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing Metro 92), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro 92, Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Antonie Claassen (Castres Olympique ).

Backs (13): Jean-Marc Doussain (Stade Toulousain), Maxime Machenaud (Racing Metro 92), Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Jules Plisson (Stade Français Paris), Remi Tales (Castres Olympique), Mathieu Bastareaud (RC Toulon), Gaël Fickou (Stade Toulousain), Remi Lamerat (Castres Olympique), Maxime Mermoz (RC Toulon), Yoann Huget (Stade toulousain), Maxime Medard (Stade Toulousain), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Français Paris), Brice Dulin (Castres Olympique).

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