Penaud misses training after injury scare
February 17, 2000

France fly-half Alain Penaud had to pull out of a training session here on Thursday because of tension in the adductor muscles in his left leg, French team officials revealed.

However, the same officials were adamant that the measure was only a precaution and that the player, himself a stand-in for the injured Christophe Lamaison, would be fit for Saturday's Six Nations Stade de France clash with England.

The 30-year-old, who made the first of his 31 international appearances back in 1992, had been drafted in on Monday when Lamaison was forced to withdraw from the party on Monday with a sprained right knee.

There have also been minor injuries to Fabien Galthie (adductor muscles), Christophe Dominici and Richard Dourthe(stomach) while lock Legi Matiu had a problem with his thigh.

Matiu, a New Zealand-born former Samoan international, trained normally on Thursday as did replacement hooker and former captain Raphael Ibanez, who has had neck problems.

Meanwhile, another former skipper Abdelatif Benazzi restricted himself to light jogging alongside osteopath Xavier Gousse, although the Moroccan born player said: "Everything is OK."

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