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Duo drafted into France squad
ESPN Staff
September 23, 2013
Castres' No.8 Antonie Claassen slides over the line to score a try, Bordeaux-Begles v Castres, Stade André Moga, Bordeaux, France, November 10, 2012
Castres' Antonie Claassen is one of two players added to the France training squad © Getty Images

Stade Francais flanker Antoine Burban and Castres forward Antonie Claassen have been called up to the France training squad due to injuries to the Toulouse duo of Thierry Dusautoir and Louis Picamoles.

A statement from the French Rugby Federation (FFR) revealed that both Dusautoir (knee)and Picamoles (hip) were not fit to train with the national side at Marcoussis this week having also sat out Toulouse's recent Top 14 victories over Biarritz and Castres and they will remain with their clubs to continue their recovery.

France will kick off their end of year campaign against New Zealand in Paris (November 9) before tackling Tonga in Le Havre (November 16) and South Africa at the Stade de France (November 23).

France training squad:

Forwards: Antoine Burban, Antonie Claassen, Vincent Debaty, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Fikhi, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles, Damien Chea, Thierry Dusautoir, Bernard Le Roux

Backs: Jean-Marc Doussain, Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Camille Lopez, Rémi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gaël Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Maxime Mermoz, Maxime Médard, Sofiane Guitoune, Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget

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