Le Roux ruled out of ‘Le Crunch’

France lock Bernard le Roux will not be taking part in their Six Nations clash with England on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the FFR.

However, no reasons have been given in the statement as to why Le Roux will be absent from this weekend’s match.

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Nevertheless, it will be a massive blow for France, as the South African-born player has been in excellent form, helping them win both of their 2021 Six Nations matches against Italy and Ireland.

Le Roux is set to be replaced by Toulon second-rower Swan Rebbadj, who made his Test debut in November last year against Italy.

France are currently second in the Six Nations, with nine points and trail first-placed Wales by five points. This comes after France’s match against Scotland was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the French squad.

England, meanwhile, have won just one of their three fixtures so far and will be determined to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Wales in Cardiff. Should England win, they could theoretically climb above France into second place.

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