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6N: Camille Lopez ruled out of England game

March 18, 2015

PARIS (AP) — Fly-half Camille Lopez has not recovered from a right knee injury and has been replaced in France’s squad by Maxime Machenaud ahead of Saturday’s final match against England in the Six Nations.

Lopez, who picked up the injury during the 29-0 victory in Italy last weekend, will be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Machenaud, who has 18 caps, is not guaranteed a place in Philippe Saint-Andre’s team at Twickenham, with Jules Plisson likely to be given a starting role after coming on as a substitute in Rome to replace Lopez.

After back-to-back defeats to Wales and Ireland, France bounced back by beating Italy and has a mathematical chance of winning the tournament if it beats England on Saturday by a big margin while Wales and Ireland both lose.

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