Gabin Villière was injured in training with the XV of France on Wednesday in Capbreton (Landes) and the winger is forfeited for the first match of the Blues during the Six Nations Tournament, Sunday against Italy in Rome.
The Toulon player, 27, is one of fourteen players made available to their clubs, according to the list communicated by the French Rugby Federation (FFR).
Villière (12 selections), who has just resumed competition after two months off, only participated in part of the training session for the XV of France on Wednesday, five days before the duel in Italy.
Injured in a leg and a hand since November, he started Wednesday’s session, the last high intensity for the Blues, with the chasuble of the probable holders but he stopped during training, visibly hit in an ankle .
In competition with the Lyonnais Ethan Dumortier, top try scorer in the Top 14, Villière was recalled on Sunday to prepare for the trip to Italy, having only played two matches with the RCT this season.
Dumortier (21) could therefore honor his first selection against Italy.
In addition to Villière, the management of the Blues released the third lines François Cros (Toulouse) and Dylan Cretin (Lyon), the winger Matthis Lebel (Toulouse) or the opener from La Rochelle Antoine Hastoy.
– Classic training –
The composition of the XV of France will be announced Friday at noon.
The team expected to start the match on Sunday (4:00 p.m.) at the Stadio Olimpico trained in a classic formation, at the municipal stadium of Capbreton, under the eyes of French surfer Jérémy Flores.
On the front line, coach Fabien Galthié should line up the Baille-Marchand-Atonio trio in front of the Willemse-Flament duo, the third line being made up of Jelonch, Ollivon and Alldritt.
The hinge, formed by Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, is really beyond doubt. The Clermontois Damian Penaud (26 years old, 37 sel.), spared Tuesday, should be well positioned on the wing.
The pair of centers was made up of Racingman Gaël Fickou and Bordeaux-Bègles player Yoram Moefana, again unsurprisingly, the Toulousain Thomas Ramos ensuring the position of N.15.
On the bench, Racing 92 scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec (20 years old, 0 caps) should meanwhile be the understudy for captain Antoine Dupont in the absence of injured Bordeaux-Bègles player Maxime Lucu.
Probable composition of the XV of France against Italy: Ramos – Penaud, Moefana, Fickou, Dumortier – (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (cap.) – Ollivon, Alldritt, Jelonch – Willemse, Flament – Atonio, Marchand, Yawns
The 14 players released to their club: Alexandre Bécognée (Montpellier, 26, 1 cap), Matthis Lebel (Toulouse, 23, 5 caps), Alexandre Roumat (Toulouse, 25, 0 caps), Thomas Jolmès (Bordeaux-Bègles, 27 years old, 2 sel.), Bastien Chalureau (Montpellier, 30 years old, 2 sel.), Clément Castets (French stadium, 26 years old, 0 sel.), Louis Bielle-Biarrey (Bordeaux-Bègles, 19 years old, 0 sel.), Dylan Cretin (Lyon, 25 years old, 20 sel.), Pierre-Louis Barassi (Toulouse, 24 years old, 3 sel.), Emilien Gailleton (Pau, 19 years old, 0 sel.), Romain Buros (Bordeaux-Bègles, 25, 0 sel.), Antoine Hastoy (La Rochelle, 25, 2 sel.), François Cros (Toulouse, 28, 16 sel.), Gabin Villière (Toulon, 27, 12 salt.).