Teddy to sit out Italy after in­ci­dent in cap­i­tal

Evening Times - - RACING - By DUN­CAN BECH

FIt is thought that Brunel per­mit­ted the play­ers a night out in Ed­in­burgh after the 32-26 loss but he has since taken a dim view of their con­duct, re­sult­ing in a ma­jor cull when an­nounc­ing an ini­tial 31-man squad named in ad­vance of Italy’s visit to Paris.

Teddy Thoma s, Remi Lam­erat, Louis Pi­camoles, An­thony Bel­leau, Jonathan Danty, Arthur Itur­ria, Fe­lix Lam­bey, Alexan­dre La­pandry and Sekou Macalou will miss the NatWest 6 Na­tions ap­point­ment with Az­zurri on Fri­day week.

The French Rugby Fed­er­a­tion (FFR) did not spec­ify, in a state­ment to an­nounce the squad, which play­ers had been omit­ted for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

“Jac­ques de­cided to ex­clude from this list the play­ers who went out after the de­feat in Scot­land,” the FFR state­ment read.

“Through this in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour they did not re­spect their sta­tus as the in­ter­na­tional play­ers and the du­ties that come with that.”

Fran­cois Trinh-Duc, Mathieu Bastareaud and Gael Fickou are among the play­ers cho­sen to plug the gaps, but the ab­sence of Thomas is a ma­jor blow.

The 24-year-old has been one of the stars of the open­ing two rounds, using his pace and foot­work to score three tries, and the set­back in Ed­in­burgh – both on and off the field – has re­stored Les Bleus to an all-too fa­mil­iar state of chaos.

Po­lice Scot­land spoke to a num­ber of po­ten­tial wit­nesses at Ed­in­burgh Air­port on Mon­day morn­ing, ground­ing the plane carrying the French squad while po­lice in­quiries were car­ried out.

The char­tered Jet2 flight to Paris was due to leave at around 11am but was stuck on the run­way.

Re­ports had sug­gested po­lice be­came in­volved after an in­ci­dent in the Tigerlily bar on Ed­in­burgh’s Ge­orge Street.

Teddy Thomas has been one of the stars of the open­ing two rounds

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