Blow for France as scrum-half to miss Six Nations opener against Ireland

France scrum-half Morgan Parra has been ruled out of the Six Nations opener against Ireland with a knee injury.

The French Rugby Federation announced on Monday that the 29-year-old Clermont Auvergne player, recently recalled to the international set-up after a two-year absence, has been replaced in coach Jacques Brunel’s squad by Bordeaux’s Baptiste Serin.

Toulon full-back Hugo Bonneval has also been drafted in, with Racing 92 full-back Brice Dulin sidelined due to a calf problem.

The FFR posted on Twitter: "After this weekend’s games in the European Cup and following medical examinations, @MorganParraOff, victim of a knee injury, and is out for #FRAIRL. He is replaced in the group by @Serin_Baptiste #soutienslexv

"@BriceDulin, victim of a calf muscle injury, is also out for #FRAIRL. He is replaced in the group by @hugobonneval #soutiensleXV"

Les Bleus kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Paris on Saturday, February 3.

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