September 21, 2019 / 5:18 PM / 2 months ago

France's Fofana ruled out of World Cup with thigh injury

FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - France Training - National Rugby Center, Marcoussis, France - August 27, 2019 France's Wesley Fofana during training REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

(Reuters) - France centre Wesley Fofana has been withdrawn from their Rugby World Cup squad in Japan due to a thigh injury he sustained in a warm-up win over Italy last month, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Saturday.

The experienced 31-year-old, who missed Saturday's 23-21 victory over Argentina in Tokyo, will be replaced by Pierre-Louis Barassi, the FFR said in a statement here

Lyon centre Barassi, 21, is the third member of France’s World Rugby under-20 championship-winning side of 2018 in the senior squad alongside Romain Ntamack and Demba Bamba.

France, World Cup quarter-finalists in 2015, will face the United States in their next match at Fukuoka on Oct. 2 before games against Tonga and England.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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