France rocked by another crucial Rugby World Cup injury blow

Dropping like flies.

France have been rocked by yet another huge injury ahead of their Rugby World Cup opener next week.

The hosts will draw the curtain on the 2023 edition of rugby’s showpiece event against the mighty All Blacks, but will be without some key names.

Romain Ntamack is out for the duration of the tournament, with Cyril Baille and Jonathan Danty out for that crucial opener at the very least.

And now a fourth name has been added to that list, with lock Paul Willemse set to miss the entire Rugby World Cup with a thigh injury picked up while training.

Willemse has struggled with a similar injury for months and has been replaced in the 33-man squad by his Montpellier clubmate, Bastien Chalureau.

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