France: Gabin Villiere out for up to three months

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 Credit: PA Images
Credit: PA Images

One of France’s most rapidly-risen stars of the past couple of years, wing Gabin Villiere, is set to miss three months of action after sustaining an ankle injury.

Villiere left the field during Toulon’s defeat at the hands of Lyon in the Challenge Cup Final. He later went to collect his loser’s medal on crutches.

Club and country suffer

A scan on Monday revealed extensive ligament damage to his left ankle, which will see him miss the end of the Top 14 season, the French tour of Japan and some of the off-season as well.

The blow to Toulon is doubly bitter, as Villiere counts as a JIFF player – i.e. one who is home-grown – and Toulon are struggling to meet their correct JIFF contingent under the current rules.

Villiere, 26, was this season’s Six Nations joint top try-scorer despite having played only four of France’s matches.

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