France’s Noves con­cerned as another guy in­jured

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - DARRYN POL­LOCK

AF­TER suf­fer­ing their sec­ond bruis­ing de­feat to a rein­vig­o­rated Spring­boks side, France coach Guy Noves now has some more headaches to deal with ahead of the fi­nal, dead-rub­ber, Test in Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day.

Hav­ing jug­gled with se­lec­tions over the two matches, he may well be forced into some in­jury changes this week for the fi­nal Test

Three play­ers sat out of train­ing yes­ter­day, which took place at their Dur­ban base at North­wood School as the French side con­tin­ues to soak up as much win­ter sun as they can.

The vis­i­tors will travel up to the Highveld to­mor­row, af­ter nam­ing their team in Dur­ban to play at El­lis Park

Barg­ing No 8 Louis Pi­camoles, the ex­pe­ri­enced Yoann Huget, as well as up-and-com­ing young hooker Camille Chat are all un­der ob­ser­va­tion as they try and prove their fit­ness be­fore the fi­nal game.

Pi­camoles is suf­fer­ing from a knee in­jury picked up in Dur­ban, while Chat is still not over an in­jured foot that kept him out of the match day squad for the last game.

Huget has a cut in­side his mouth that has kept him out of con­tact.

With Noves mak­ing a num­ber of changes from the first game to the sec­ond, in the hopes of strength­en­ing the side, it seems as if he had set­tled on his best avail­able team in the Dur­ban Test.

It would thus be a huge blow to the French ef­fort to re­gain some pride, and to avoid a white­wash, if these play­ers are not de­clared fit in time.

Pi­camoles, as well as Huget, are in­stru­men­tal for Noves, hav­ing started both games, and with the No 8 nom­i­nated as one of the play­ers of the Six Na­tions and the winger pro­vid­ing a lot of go for­ward, along with the hulk­ing Vermi Vakatawa on the other wing.

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