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Pascal Pape out of Wales clash

France captain Pascal Pape has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales.

France captain Pascal Pape will not take part in Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales after suffering a back injury in Sunday's 23-18 defeat to Italy.

The Stade Francais lock was taken to hospital following the clash, although it was expected that he would be fit to resume France's campaign this weekend.

However, Pape, who captained his country for the first time at the Stadio Olimpico, has been ruled out of the match by France coach Philippe Saint-Andre.

"I can tell already that Pascal Pape will be absent against Wales. He suffers from sciatica," he told reporters.

Jocelino Suta is expected to replace Pape in the starting side.

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