France Drop Players after Edinburgh Brawl

France head coach Jacques Brunel has dropped several players from his squad to face Italy as punishment for their “inappropriate behaviour” in Edinburgh recently.

Seven les Bleus players were reportedly questioned by police following a fight that took place in Edinburgh city centre on Sunday night after France lost their Six Nations Test to Scotland on the same day.

In a statement, the French rugby federation (FFR) said: "(Coach) Jacques Brunel has decided to exclude from that list the players who went out after the defeat in Scotland.

"With this inappropriate behaviour, they failed to respect their duty as international players."

The players were taken off their plane, that was set to leave Edinburgh airport on Monday, to be questioned by the police.

Although the FFR did not name the players sanctioned, Anthony Belleau, Alexandre Lapandry, Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Jonathan Danty, Louis Picamoles, Remi Lamerat and Teddy Thomas were not named in the squad for the clash with Italy on February 23 in Marseille.

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