Virimi Vakatawa stands out as one of the best three-quarter centers in the world with the Blues.
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Racing 92 center Virimi Vakatawa has withdrawn from the preparation of the XV de France match in Italy to open the 2021 Six Nations Tournament and is replaced by Lyonnais Pierre-Louis Barassi, the FFR announced on Sunday.
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Vakatawa (28 years old, 27 caps) injured his left knee on Saturday, during Racing 92's defeat against Bordeaux-Bègles.
Hit during a tackle from Clément Maynadier and Pablo Uberti, the international center came out after 11 minutes, replaced by the Irishman Simon Zebo.
LOU center Pierre-Louis Barassi (22 years old, 2 caps) was called up in his place.
The French team is meeting in Nice from Monday to prepare for the first meeting of the 2021 Six Nations Tournament, on February 6, in Italy.
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