Rugby-Lauret out of France Six Nations squad, Gunther in

PARIS Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:24pm GMT

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PARIS Jan 27 (Reuters) - Biarritz flanker Wenceslas Lauret has been left out of the France squad preparing for the Six Nations championship starting this weekend because of a head injury, the French rugby federation said on Sunday.

Lauret, who sustained the injury in his team's 19-14 league loss to Toulouse on Friday, has been replaced in the 33-man squad by Toulon's Pierrick Gunther.

Manager Philippe Saint-Andre will trim his squad to 23 players on Monday before next Sunday's Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome.

"Our first concern is the players' health. Wenceslas gave a lot for his club and he must rest," Saint-Andre said in a statement. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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