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Louis Picamoles will be out of action until next September at the earliest

Montpellier won't be able to call on Louis Picamoles until next September at the earliest

Louis Picamoles’ season is already over after it was confirmed he ruptured cruciate ligaments in his left knee during Montpellier’s Heineken Champions Cup defeat last Saturday by Toulouse. 

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Medical staff at the Top 14 club have confirmed that the long-serving France No8 will require surgery and will face a long road to recovery as he won’t be expected back in action until next September at the earliest. 

Capped 82 times by France, Picamoles called time on his international career following the recent quarter-final loss to Wales in Oita.

That decision was designed to free him up to even more feature for his club, but that won’t be the case for the rest of this season after he was stretchered off in the third minute last weekend to be replaced by Caleb Timu.

Set to turn 34 next February, it will be interesting to see if the injury impacts on Picamoles’ future at the club where he started his career before a lengthy spell at Toulouse was followed by a stint in the Premiership at Northampton. 

He returned to Montpellier in summer 2017 on a three-year deal that will expire next June. 

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William 4 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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