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Burban ruled out of Italy clash

Castres flanker Ibrahim Diarra could earn his second cap for France after replacing the injured Antoine Burban in the squad preparing to face Italy in the RBS 6 Nations on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Burban suffered a hamstring injury during his replacement appearance in France's 26-24 victory over England, and medical tests have now ruled him out of the second Championship game in Paris.

The French Rugby Federation announced coach Philippe Sant-Andre and assistants Yannick Bru and Patrice Lagisquet had on Monday turned to 30-year-old Diarra as their alternative option for a third-line spot.

Diarra made his France debut against Italy during the 2008 Six Nations tournament but has not been capped since.

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