French Rugby
Huget expelled from World Cup squad
ESPNscrum Staff
August 4, 2011
France wing Yoann Huget dances along the touchline, Ireland v France, Six Nations, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, February 13, 2011
Huget featured in all five of France's games during the 2011 Six Nations © Getty Images

France have dropped Yoann Huget from their Rugby World Cup training squad after the winger failed to observe anti-doping regulations.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced today that the seven-cap Bayonne speedster has been cut having repeatedly failed to inform the French Ant-Doping Agency (AFLD) of his whereabouts in order to comply with testing procedures.

Missing three tests carries the same penalty as a positive test with Huget now facing a sanction of anything between three months up to the maximum penalty of 24 months if found guilty. "It is a problem with regard to the regulations, nothing to do with a banned substance," said FFR president Pierre Camou.

Huget claims the first missed test was due to "negligence" while he put the other two occasions down to him preparing for the France's Six Nations clash with Wales and a last minute photo shoot.

With his World Cup hopes seemingly dashed due to the impending ban, Huget has opted to withdraw from the squad with immediate effect. "I prefer to leave the squad now rather than when they are really stepping up their training for the World Cup and thus put them in difficulty, knowing that I would not be able to be replaced," said the 24-year, who featured in all of France's Six Nations games this year.

France coach Marc Lièvremont has indicated that he is not going to replace Huget "for the moment."

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