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Medard out for France

25 February 2011

  • Maxime Medard ruled out of England game with hamstring injury
  • Full back replaced in by Clement Poitrenaud, with Alexis Palisson called to the bench
Maxime Medard of France evades Ireland's Tomas O'Leary to score a try during their RBS 6 Nations match at Aviva Stadium

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France full back Maxime Medard has been ruled out of tomorrow's crucial RBS 6 Nations encounter with England due to a hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old Toulouse player, who picked up the problem in training, had earlier stated that he was "99 per cent" confident he would be fit for the contest at Twickenham.

But Medard, a try-scorer in each of France's opening two matches in the competition, has lost his race for fitness and his place in the starting XV has been taken by Clement Poitrenaud.

"Maxime is suffering from discomfort in the hamstring of his left leg. The doctor preferred not to take risks," France press officer Lionel Rossigneux said.

"Clement Poitrenaud will start at full back and Alexis Palisson has been called up into the group of 23 (on the bench)."

Sky Sports