Rugby World Cup
France winger Yoann Huget ruled out of Rugby World Cup with knee injury
September 20, 2015
Huget injury mars Italy victory

Yoann Huget will miss the remainder of the Rugby World Cup with the knee injury sustained against France at Twickenham,France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said on Sunday.

Huget, 28, was forced off during France's 32-10 victory over Italy in their opening World Cup match on Saturday, and Saint-Andre said on TF1 television station that the winger had injured ligaments in his right knee. Saint-Andre also wrote on his Twitter account: "A big thought for Yoann Huget, a model player in terms of his commitment, great guy. We're all with you, (have a) good recovery."

France wing Yoann Huget receives treatment for a serious knee injury sustained against Italy
France wing Yoann Huget receives treatment for a serious knee injury sustained against Italy© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Toulouse team-mate Maxime Medard, who can play at wing or full-back, and Castres centre Remi Lamerat, who began his career at Toulouse, are the favourites to replace Huget for the rest of the tournament.

The winger was forced off after 56 minutes of Saturday's match at Twickenham, the first game of the tournament for the two Six Nations rivals, who are in Pool D alongside Ireland, Canada and Romania. He was running down the wing with ball in hand when he pushed off his right leg to cut inside a defender, only to collapse to the ground, wincing in pain.

Huget has played 41 Tests for France scoring seven tries, having made his debut in 2010. He was pulled out of the France squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand after missing three doping tests, for which he was handed a three-month suspension.

Louis Picamoles consoles Yoann Huget as the injured France wing is helped from the field
Louis Picamoles consoles Yoann Huget as the injured France wing is helped from the field© David Rogers/Getty Images

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