Six Nations 2015: France drop Rory Kockott for match against Wales
Castres scrum-half replaced by fit again Sebastien Tillous-Borde after poor performance in 18-11 defeat to Ireland
Rory Kockott has been dropped from Philippe Saint-Andre’s France squad to face Wales in the RBS 6 Nations next weekend.
The Castres scrum-half, who started France’s opening two games of this year’s championship against Scotland and Ireland, came in for criticism for a particularly disappointing performance in Dublin and was overshadowed his Clermont Auvergne rival Morgan Parra.
The South Africa-born international also has a quad injury, which may have ruled him out of the match, but has been replaced with fit again Toulon half-back Sebastien Tillous-Borde.
Tillous-Borde, 29, formed a solid partnership with Clermont Auvergne outside-half Camille Lopez as they started all three November internationals when Les Bleus defeated Fiji and Australia before losing to Argentina in the their final match.
Racing Metro winger Teddy Thomas, who has also failed to live up to the hype so far in the Six Nations, is out with an ankle problem, but Toulouse centre Gaël Fickou rejoins the squad and Bordeaux Begles half-back Pierre Bernard is also called up.
Veteran prop Nicolas Mas is again left out of the squad.
Stade Français lock Pascal Pape is included in the squad, but is expected to be ruled out pending the result of his disciplinary hearing after kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back last week.
The Six Nations Disciplinary Committee adjourned Pape’s hearing in London on Wednesday evening with the outcome expected on Thursday afternoon.
Saint-Andre will name his team for the Wales clash at the Stade de France on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Following Pape’s 10-week ban, Saint-Andre called up Clermont Auvergne lock Sebastien Vahaamahina in his place.
France squad to face Wales (30):
Forwards (16): Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Clermont Auvergne), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing Metro), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Loann Goujon (La Rochelle).
Backs (14): Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Toulon), Pierre Bernard (Bordeaux Begles), Camille Lopez (Clermont Auvergne), Remi Tales (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Remi Lamerat (Castres), Sofiane Guitoune (Bordeaux Begles), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont Auvergne), Brice Dulin (Racing Metro), Scott Spedding (Bayonne).