Rugby: France rest Trinh-Duc for NZ tour

Fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc has been left out of France's 35-man squad for their tour of New Zealand in June.

Francois Trinh-Duc, France

Les Bleus coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has confirmed the 26-year-old has been rested rather than dropped.

"He needs to rest after a long season," Saint-Andre told a news conference.

Eddy Ben Arous, Alexandre Flanquart, Camille Lopez, Remi Tales, Adrien Plante, Daniel Kotze, Bernard Le Roux and Noa Nakaitaci have all earned their first call-up.

France will begin their campaign against the reigning world champions on June 8 in Auckland before further encounters at Hamilton and New Plymouth respectively.

Forwards: EB Arous (Racing Metro), V Debaty (Clermont), T Domingo (Clermont), G Guirado (Perpignan), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), L Ducalcon, (Racing Metro), D Kotze (Clermont), N Mas (Perpignan), A Flanquart (Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), C Samson (Castres), S Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Y Nyanga (Toulouse), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), B Le Roux (Racing Metro), A Claassen (Castres), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: M Machenaud (Racing Metro), M Parra (Clermont), F Michalak (Toulon), C Lopez (Bordeaux-Begles), R Tales (Castres), M Bastareaud (Toulon), G Fickou (Toulouse), W Fofana (Clermont), F Fritz (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon), M Medard (Toulouse), N Nakaitaci (Clermont), A Palisson (Toulon), A Plante (Perpignan), B Dulin (Castres), Y Huget (Toulouse).



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