Six Nations

France lose Vakatawa, Hamdaoui for Italy game

Fabien Galthie (Getty Images)
Fabien Galthie (Getty Images)

Paris - France have lost in-form centre Virimi Vakatawa and back Kylan Hamdaoui for the Six Nations match against Italy on Sunday due to injuries, the team announced.

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Vakatawa, 27, had heavy strapping on his left arm for a triceps injury during the 24-17 victory over England that gave a new-look France side an encouraging start to their Six Nations campaign last weekend.

The absence of a player who has scored seven tries for club side Racing 92 this season is a blow to France's attacking options.

Stade Francais player Hamdaoui, 25, will miss the game against Italy due to an ankle injury.

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