France head coach Jacques Brunel has dropped eight players from his 31-man squad to face Italy in Marseille in the Natwest 6 Nations on February 23rd.
Five players – Anthony Belleau, Jonathan Danty, Felix Lambey, Remi Lamerat and Louis Picamoles – were questioned by police over a reported sexual assault, but police concluded that no crime had been committed.
In a statement the French Rugby Union said the players conduct was “inappropriate” and added “they did not respect their status as international players”.
? Voici le groupe des 31 joueurs retenus par le sélectionneur Jacques Brunel et son staff pour défier l'Italie vendredi 23 février à l'@orangevelodrome #FRAITA #soutiensleXV pic.twitter.com/rcpHaK4gfC
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 13, 2018