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RugbyU: Clerc aiming for comeback before end of 2013

France international winger Vincent Clerc is aiming to return to the pitch before the end of 2013 after suffering a ruptured cruciate knee ligament in April. The 32-year-old was injured in a match against Clermont on April 20 and underwent reconstructive surgery a few days later. He originally envisioned coming back to action in October or November but now says he will be fit to face Bordeaux-Begles in the Top 14 on December 21, or Bayonne on December 29. Clerc has played 65 times for France, scoring 170 points.

Rugby Union: Clerc raring to return to training

Toulouse and France wing Vincent Clerc is raring to go as he prepares to return to training after April cruciate knee ligament surgery, coach Jean-Baptiste Elissalde said Monday. "He has been working hard on his rehabilitation and has started pool work," said Elissalde of Clerc, the highest active try scorer in the French squad with 34. Clerc had initially targeted a return in October or November after undergoing rehabilitation at a sports clinic in Saint-Raphael, southern France.

RugbyU: Knee injury rules Clerc out of NZ tour

France wing Vincent Clerc is set to miss the June tour to New Zealand after picking up a knee injury while playing for Toulouse, he said on Monday. The 31-year-old announced the news via Twitter, saying: "Unfortunately the news is not good... The injury will keep me out for several months. We'll meet again at the beginning of next season." Clerc, the leading active try scorer for France, injured his right knee in the reigning Top 14 champions' 39-17 defeat at Clermont on Saturday, although he does not yet know the exact nature of the problem.

RugbyU: Try machine Clerc has revenge on his mind

Vincent Clerc may be just four tries from equalling Serge Blanco's record for France but his mind is focussed solely on turning round his country's Six Nations campaign this Saturday against old foe England. The 31-year-old - scorer of 34 tries in his 64 tests while Blanco scored 38 in 93 tests - is set to return to the starting line-up after missing the first two games, an away defeat to Italy and a home loss to Wales, who had lost their previous eight games.

RugbyU: Five changes for France against England

South African-born flanker Antonie Claassen on Monday was called up by coach Philippe Saint-Andre for the 23-strong French squad to prepare for the Six Nations match against England at Twickenham on February 23. Claassen was one of five changes to the squad that went down 16-6 to Wales at the Stade de France on Saturday leaving France winless after two games and bottom of the Six Nations standings. Others to be called up were prop Thomas Domingo, lock Christophe Samson, flanker Yannick Nyanga and winger Vincent Clerc.

Rugby-Clerc back in France squad as Saint-Andre makes changes

PARIS, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Wing Vincent Clerc is back in the France squad for their Six Nations trip to England as coach Philippe Saint-Andre made five changes to the group who started the campaign with back-to-back defeats against Italy and Wales. The inclusion of Clerc, who was ruled out of the first two matches with a thigh injury, will likely allow Wesley Fofana to move back to centre after the Clermont player started the Italy and Wales games on the wing.

Rugby-France's Pape and Clerc out of Wales game

PARIS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - France captain Pascal Pape and wing Vincent Clerc have been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations championship game against Wales, coach Philippe Saint Andre said on Monday. Lock Pape's replacement as captain will be known later on Monday when Saint-Andre unveils his squad for the Stade de France match. "I can announce that Pascal Pape will be absent against Wales. He is suffering from sciatica", Saint-Andre was quoted as telling a news conference by the Six Nations's official website (www.rbs6nations.com).

Rugby-Clerc out of France's Six Nations opener against Italy

PARIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Wing Vincent Clerc has been dropped from France's squad to face Italy in the Six Nations because of a thigh injury and has been replaced by Hugo Bonneval, the French rugby federation (FFR) said on Saturday. Clerc picked up the injury in Toulouse's 19-14 victory over Biarritz in the French league on Friday. "He will be out of action for eight to 10 days," the FFR said in a statement.

Rugby-France back Dulin out of Six Nations squad with injury

PARIS, Jan 25 (Reuters) - France fullback Brice Dulin will be out of action for several weeks because of a hamstring injury and is set to miss most of the Six Nations championship, the French federation (FFR) said on Friday. Fullback Maxime Medard has been called up as a replacement in the 33-man preliminary squad which will gather on Saturday to prepare for the competition, the FFR said in a statement. Winger Vincent Clerc also picked up a minor injury on Friday while playing with his club side Toulouse and is doubtful.
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