Six Nations 2014: Morgan Parra banned for France’s clash with Scotland

Six Nations 2014: France scrum-half Morgan Parra is ruled out of next week's Six Nations clash in Scotland

Morgan Parra will miss France’s clash with Scotland at Murrayfield after he was handed a two-week ban.

The Clermont Auvergne scrum-half, who has just returned from injury, was red carded by referee Sebastien Minery in the Top14 last weekend for a head-butt after taking exception to a big hit from Montpellier and New Zealand wing Rene Ranger.

Despite the prospect of missing the Scotland match, France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre included le petit general in his 30-man training squad ahead of 8 March match.

The decision by the league’s disciplinary committee will be a blow to Saint-Andre with Parra expected to be parachuted back into the starting XV for his decision making and tactical game as well his superior goal-kicking ability whether at scrum-half or outside-half.

In their opening three matches of the championship, France have used Jean-Marc Doussain, Jules Plisson and Maxime Machenaud as their goal-kickers.

But 25-year-old Parra, who has scored points 173 for Les Bleus with 39 penalties and 24 conversions, will be free to return for what could be the championship decider against Ireland at Stade de France on 15 March.

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