French skipper ruled out by injury


NZPA     14 Nov 2006     Photosport

Pelous, who was substituted early in the second half of his team's 3-47 loss to the All Blacks at Lyon over the weekend, underwent a scan on his cracked rib today and was ruled out.

"I am disappointed but the pain would prevent me from giving 100 percent on Saturday. It is preferable that I am able to push for a place in the match next week," Pelous said in a French team statement, translated into English.

The 33-year-old lock will have to wait to reach a French landmark. He has played 110 Tests, one short of his country's record held by legendary centre Philippe Sella.

His fitness will be tested again ahead of next week's Test against South Africa, also at the Stade de France.

Pelous' place in France's 22-man squad is taken by uncapped youngster Loic Jacquet, 21, of the Clermont Auvergne club. Jacquet was one of the standout performers in France's under-21 World Cup team earlier this year, captaining them to victory in the final.

The new French captain would be revealed when the starting 15 is announced on Wednesday evening by coach Bernard Laporte.

Three other players underwent scans today but should be clear to start the Test.

They are centre Florian Fritz (neck), winger Aurelien Rougerie (thigh) and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski (neck and shoulder).