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RugbyU: France skipper Dusautoir out of Six Nations

France's hopes of a successful Six Nations tournament suffered a major blow on Sunday as it was announced by his Top 14 club Toulouse that captain Thierry Dusautoir had been ruled out of the tournament. The 32-year-old flanker -- capped 65 times and world player of the year in 2011 -- will be out for four months after he tore a tendon in his right biceps, Toulouse head coach Guy Noves told AFP. France finished bottom of the Six Nations last year. gr-sva/ig/pi/nr

RugbyU: Dusautoir delighted to be back in France fold

Thierry Dusautoir could not contain his delight at being back in the France squad for next month's tests against New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa. The Toulouse flanker missed June's three-test whitewash in New Zealand but has been recalled for October's training camp following a knee injury. France coach Philippe Saint-Andre said last week when announcing his squad that the 31-year-old Dusautoir would reclaim the captaincy from Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape if he is 100 percent fit in November.

RugbyU: Hard work will lift France, says Dusautoir

France can earn due reward for all their hard work during the Six Nations by beating Scotland in their final game here at the Stade de France on Saturday French captain Thierry Dusautoir said Friday. The 31-year-old - who will captain the French for a record 35th time - added that the woeful campaign, which has seen them lose three and draw one, had unified the squad in the face of some biting criticism. "These results have provided us with a rich seam of information which only served to take the squad forwards," said the Ivory Coast-born flanker.

RugbyU: Dusautoir wants to leave Ireland with smile on face

France captain Thierry Dusautoir said he was hoping to leave the pitch after the Six Nations match with Ireland on Saturday with a smile on his face having recorded their first win of the tournament. The 31-year-old flanker - who will equal the French record of captaining the side for the 34th time - added thoughts of a first wooden spoon since 1957 and that France were near to equalling their worst overall winless run in the tournament in almost 90 years hadn't entered his head.
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