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Blow for France as captain Thierry Dusautoir out of Six Nations

Updated: Sunday, 19 Jan 2014 14:48 | Comments

Thierry Dusautoir injured while  playing for Toulouse
Thierry Dusautoir injured while playing for Toulouse

France captain Thierry Dusautoir has been ruled out of the Six Nations with an arm injury.

The 32-year-old flanker, who has won 65 international caps and world player of the year in 2011 , ruptured a biceps tendon during Toulouse's Heineken Cup victory against Zebre on Saturday.

“We feared it was a serious injury,” said Toulouse coach Guy Noves.

"He will be out of action for four months.”

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre will be left reeling by the news, which comes just a fortnight before Les Bleus open their Six Nations campaign against England in Paris.

Saint-Andre is set to announce a replacement for Dusautoir in his 30-man Six Nations squad on Sunday.

Ireland visit Paris for their final Six Nations fixture on 15 March.   

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