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Six Nations: France hooker Benjamin Kayser to miss rest of competition through injury

Last Updated: 15/02/14 4:14pm

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Benjamin Kayser: Hooker ruled out of rest of the Six Nations

Benjamin Kayser: Hooker ruled out of rest of the Six Nations

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France hooker Benjamin Kayser has been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations after suffering a serious knee injury.

The Clermont Auvergne star suffered a partially ruptured ligament injury during Friday's Top 14 defeat to Grenoble.

The uncapped Brice Mach, of Castres, has been called up to replace him.

The news will infuriate Les Bleus coach Phillipe Saint-Andre, who pleaded with clubs not to field France stars who played against England and Italy in this weekend's domestic matches.

Several clubs were not happy with the request but Kayser only started the win over England and was a replacement for the Italian match, so Clermont theoretically were well within their rights to play him.

"Injured at the end of the Grenoble match, Benjamin Kayser suffered a partial rupture of the internal ligament of his right knee," said Clermont in a statement.

"The injury will see him ruled out of action for between five to six weeks and bring to a premature end his interest in the Six Nations."

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