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Francois Trinh-Duc out of France squad for New Zealand tour

Updated: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:09 | Comments

Francois Trinh-Duc is rested for France's June tour of New Zealand
Francois Trinh-Duc is rested for France's June tour of New Zealand

France manager Philippe Saint-Andre left out fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc for next month's three-test series against New Zealand as he included eight newcomers in his 35-man squad for the Southern Hemisphere trip.

"He (Trinh-Duc) needs to rest after a long season," Saint-Andre, who picked Frederic Michalak after the Toulon player recently returned from a shoulder injury, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Eddy Ben Arous, Alexandre Flanquart, Camille Lopez, Remi Tales, Adrien Plante, Daniel Kotze, Bernard Le Roux and Noa Nakaitaci earned their first call-up.

"He (Trinh-Duc) needs to rest after a long season" - Philippe Saint-Andre

Unsurprisingly, Morgan Parra and Maxime Machenaud were picked as the designated scrumhalves.

France take on world champions New Zealand on 8, 15 and 22 June in Auckland, Hamilton and New Plymouth respectively.

Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro), Luc Ducalcon (Clermont ), Daniel Kotze (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Alexandre Flanquart Stadium (French), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Christophe Samson (Castres), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier) Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, cap.), Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), Antonie Claassen (Castres), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Metro), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Camille Lopez (Bordeaux-Begles), Rémi Talès (Castres), Bastareaud (Toulon), Gael Fickou (Toulouse) Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Adrien Plante (Perpignan), Brice Dulin (Castres), Yoann Huget (Touloluse).

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