Six Nations 2015: France lose Morgan Parra and Wesley Fofana
Influential duo ruled out of the rest of the championship after going off injured in defeat to Wales at the Stade de France on Saturday
France’s poor RBS 6 Nations campaign has taken a further hit as influential scrum-half Morgan Parra and centre Wesley Fofana were ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
Parra damaged his knee in the first half, but remained on the field until the 53rd minute when he was replaced by Sebastien Tillous Borde, who is expected to be handed a recall to the starting XV for France’s trip to Rome to take on Italy in round four on 15 March.
Parra has suffered a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Clermont Auvergne statement
The injury news is a further blow to head coach Philippe Saint-Andre, who also lost scrum-half Rory Kockott after the defeat to France.
Parra’s injury is similar to a one he picked up in his left knee in 2013 and the Clermont Auvergne talisman is expected to be out for 10 weeks, including a four-week immobilisation period, but he does not require surgery.
“Parra has suffered a ruptured posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee,” Clermont Auvergne said in a statement.
As well as missing the rest of the Six Nations, Parra will also miss Clermont’s European Champions Cup quarter-final against Northampton on 4 April.
Fofana, 27, is expected to be out for the next three weeks with a torn thigh muscle, but he could return for Clermont’s Champions Cup match.
Castres centre Remi Lamerat is also expected to sit out of the rest of the campaign after picking up a hamstring injury in the first quarter.
Despite having the injury heavily strapped, he eventually succumbed to it forcing France to redeploy Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud, who had been dropped to the bench for the defeat to Wales.
Saint-Andre is expected to name his squad for the Italy game later this week.