France em­bar­rassed over Ato­nio call-up blun­der

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The French Rugby Fed­er­a­tion has been left red-faced af­ter an­nounc­ing the call-up of an in­jured player to its World Cup squad.

The FFR ini­tially an­nounced on Sun­day morn­ing that La Rochelle tight­head prop Uini Ato­nio would be join­ing the squad as an in­jury re­place­ment for Demba Bamba.

But French ad­min­is­tra­tors dis­cov­ered that Ato­nio had suf­fered a neck in­jury dur­ing La Rochelle’s de­feat at Bay­onne on Satur­day in the

Top 14, and would not be fit to take part in France’s at­tempt to qual­ify from Pool C.

The FFR deleted its tweet an­nounc­ing Ato­nio as Bamba’s re­place­ment, be­fore send­ing out a mes­sage in­di­cat­ing that Rac­ing 92’s Ce­date Gomes

Sa would link up with the squad in Ja­pan, as well as a state­ment that read: “We an­nounced the call-up of Uini Ato­nio ear­lier, but fol­low­ing a med­i­cal as­sess­ment, he is not able to join the squad. We apol­o­gise to all who passed on in­cor­rect in­for­ma­tion.” French news out­let Fi­garo re­ported that there had been a break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the FFR, La Rochelle and Ato­nio him­self, but the FFR elected to an­nounce his call-up via so­cial me­dia and email re­gard­less.

Mean­while, World Rugby has con­firmed that France’s Pool C clash with the United States in Fukuoka to­mor­row will go ahead, af­ter con­cerns that the match would be af­fected by Ty­phoon Mitag.

France United States Kick-off: Re­place­ments

In and out again: Prop Uini Ato­nio was in­jured in the Top 14 for La Rochelle

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