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France call-up for Poitrenaud

France have called up Clement Poitrenaud after full-back Maxime Medard was ruled out of Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Ireland with a knee injury.

Medard suffered the injury in Sunday's 23-17 victory over Scotland, during which he scored a crucial try, and will undergo an MRI scan to discover how long he is likely to be sidelined for.

Announcing the decision, head coach Phillipe Saint-Andre told L'Equipe: "He (Poitrenaud) is an obvious choice. There are not many (full-backs) in our squad. There were one or two options but we have chosen Clement, who will be joining us this afternoon."

Alexis Palisson was one potential option for Saint-Andre, but was overlooked due to a lack of game time in the position with his club.

"(Palisson) does not play full-back with Toulon. We do not need a winger who can play full-back but a real number 15," the coach added.

The match in Paris had originally been scheduled for February 11 but was postponed just before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.


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