Six Nations: France captain Pascal Pape out of Saturday's game against Wales

Last Updated: 04/02/13 8:43pm

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Pascal Pape: France captain ruled out of Saturday's match against Wales

Pascal Pape: France captain ruled out of Saturday's match against Wales

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France captain Pascal Pape has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations game against Wales after suffering a back injury in Sunday's defeat to Italy.

Pape, who captained France for the first time at the Stadio Olimpico, was taken to hospital following their opening 23-18 loss.

The Stade Francais lock will not be available for the visit of Wales to the Stade de France, with Toulon's Jocelino Suta replacing him in the only change to the squad.

While it is unknown how long Pape will be sidelined for, France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said: "I can tell already that Pascal Pape will be absent against Wales. He suffers from sciatica."

Thierry Dusautoir will return to the captaincy in the absence of Pape after the back-row forward returned to the team for the Italy game after missing the November Tests due to a knee injury.

France will also have to do without winger Vincent Clerc against Wales as he has not yet recovered from a thigh injury picked up while playing for Toulouse.

France squad to face Wales:

Forwards: V Debaty (Clermont), Y Forestier (Castres), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), L Ducalcon (Racing Metro), N Mas (Perpignan), Y Maestri (Toulouse), J Suta (Toulon), R Taofifenua (Perpignan), D Chouly (Clermont), T Dusautoir (captain, Toulouse), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: M Machenaud (Racing Metro), M Parra (Clermont), F Michalak (Toulon), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), M Bastareaud (Toulon), B Fall (Racing Metro), W Fofana (Clermont), F Fritz (Toulouse), Y Huget (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon).

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