France have suffered yet another big blow after it was confirmed that lock Paul Willemse was forced to withdraw from the World Cup due to injury.
La Rochelle loose forward Gregory Alldritt will captain France against Fiji in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up as Paul Willemse and Francois Cros are recalled by the tournament hosts.
SA-born lock Paul Willemse has been included in France coach Fabien Galthie’s 42-man training camp group for the Rugby World Cup.
Injured lock Paul Willemse was named in France’s first Rugby World Cup training squad by the French Rugby Federation.
SA-born lock Paul Willemse will miss France’s final match of the Six Nations against Wales at the Stade de France, the national rugby federation announced.
France lock and former Junior Springbok Paul Willemse has questioned celebrated England counterpart Maro Itoje’s status as a world-class lock.
Experienced second-rower Paul Willemse will make his first Test start since last year’s Six Nations when France begin the defence of their title against Italy in Rome on Sunday.
France have suffered a big injury blow ahead of the Test against the Springboks on Saturday, with former Junior Bok lock Paul Willemse set to miss the clash.
France lock Paul Willemse says he does not regret giving up his dream of playing for South Africa and that he is looking forward to facing the Springboks during the November Test window.
Handre Pollard is thrilled to be on duty in the Champions Cup playoffs, partly because the high stakes will prime the Springbok flyhalf for the pressures of the pending international season.