RUGBY WORLD CUP REACTION: France’s Yoann Huget’s World Cup is over confirms Philippe Saint-Andrew

France's Noa Nakaitaci drops the ball as he goes over the Italian line
France's Noa Nakaitaci drops the ball as he goes over the Italian line


France coach Philippe Saint-Andre confirmed wing Yoann Huget’s World Cup is over after he suffered a serious knee injury in the 32-10 victory at Twickenham.

Huget went down in agony in the second half of the contest before being helped from the field and sitting with his head in his hands on the sidelines.

“It looks like Huget has done his cruciate ligaments so this is not the best news,” Saint-Andre told ITV.

“He’s a very important player and a lot of players from Toulouse are in this team and afterwards for four or five minutes we were quite shaky.

“Today we have a win and a bad injury but we need to carry on with a smile. It’s a fantastic competition.”

France had all but secured the four tournament points before they lost Huget to injury, with Nicolas Mas’ late try adding gloss to the result.

Rabah Slimani scored France’s only other try and Frederic Michalak finished the evening with 19 points, while Giovanbattista Venditti went over for Italy’s sole score and Tommaso Allan kicked five points.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir said: “It was our first game and we knew it was going to be a hard game because it’s always like this against Italy. We’re satisfied with the win today.”

On the support for the team inside Twickenham, he added: “France is not so far so I hope they stay with us and continue to support us until the end of the competition.”