France have lost another player in the run-up to Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations opener at home to England. 

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Earlier this week, Racing 92’s Teddy Baubigny replaced club colleague Camille Chat after the experienced hooker suffered a calf injury. 

Now, Castres prop Wilfrid Hounkpatin has left the squad with a rib injury and will be replaced by La Rochelle’s Uini Atonio who has not played for France since the opening round defeat to Wales in February 2019.

It’s a disappointing end to what has initially been a good week for Hounkpatin, the uncapped 28-year-old, as he extended his club contract on Wednesday through to 2023.

Hounkpatin had been part of the 42-strong squad that is preparing for the Six Nations under new coach Fabien Galthie. 

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