Palisson out, France call up Andreu

28th May 2013, 16:30

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Needs surgery: Alexis Palisson

Needs surgery: Alexis Palisson

Toulon winger Alexis Palisson will miss France's tour of New Zealand next month after injuring his left hand.

Toulon winger Alexis Palisson will miss France's tour of New Zealand next month after injuring his left hand.

"I can confirm my withdrawal. I need to have an operation on a finger of my left hand," Palisson told AFP.

Palisson has enjoyed a strong year with newly-crowned European champions Toulon and was brought back into the French international squad by coach Phillipe Saint-André for the first time since the 2010 Six Nations Championship.

The news is the second in jury blow to the French squad in three days after scrum-half Morgan Parra was forced to withdraw on Sunday.

He will be replaced in the 35-strong French tour party by Marc Andreu of Castres, who will take on Toulon in the Top 14 Final at the Stade de France in Paris on June 1.