Six Nations 2015: Marc Andreu called up to France squad
Philippe Saint-Andre drafts in Racing Metro winger as Sofiane Guitoune becomes the latest player ruled out through injury
Marc Andreu has been called up to France’s squad ahead of their match with Italy on Sunday.
The 29-year-old Racing Metro winger has been drafted into Philippe Saint-Andre’s squad after Bordeaux-Begles’ Sofiane Guitoune became the latest France back to be ruled out with injury.
Guitoune, who started in France’s 20-13 defeat to Wales in Paris on 28 February, picked up a thigh injury during his club’s Top 14 defeat to Stade Francais on Saturday.
“Sofiane Guitoune underwent medical tests today and did not take part in training,” said a France statement.
“He will not be 100 per cent fit.
Deçu de quitter l'equipe, mais une gene aux ischio m'empêche d'être a 100%. De tout coeur avec la team
— Sofiane Guitoune (@SoGuitoune) March 10, 2015
“Disappointed to leave the team but a bit bothered by my hamstring which prevents me from being 100 per cent. Supporting the team with all my heart,” Guitoune tweeted.
Andreu, who has seven caps for Les Bleus has not played for the national team since their defeat to New Zealand in New Plymouth back in June 2013.
He will link up with the France squad at their Marcoussis base on Wednesday morning.
France have suffered back-to-back defeats to Ireland and Wales in the championship after winning their opening match at home to Scotland at the Stade de France, but will look to get back to winning ways at the Stadio Olimpico.
The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have confirmed that a minute’s silence will take place before the match in Rome after 10 people, including French athletes Camille Muffat, Florence Arthaud and Alexis Vastine and five productioin crew, were killed in a crash between two helicopters while shooting a reality TV show in Argentina.