The Paul Willemse is returning to Montpellier after injury skippered his World Cup hopes with France Paul Willemse’s hopes of forcing his way into the France World Cup squad have been dashed.
The South African, who secured French citizenship last November and was swiftly propelled into the Six Nations, had been training with Jacques Brunel’s squad as one of their six reservists along with 31 players officially chosen to travel to Japan.
The second row would have been hoping that an injury to a lock would open a route for him to be promoted in time for the finals which start in September.
Instead, he has been struck down by injury himself, leaving Brunel to source a replacement reservist – Toulon’s Romain Taofifenua to help the chosen squad prepare.
A brief French federation statement on Wednesday didn’t specify the injury that forced Willemse out, their media release instead only confirming that the forward would return to his club Montpellier and rehabilitate with them.
“Following medical examinations, Paul Willemse is lost and leaves the training for the Rugby World Cup 2019 to reconcile with his club.”