Rugby - Michalak, Picamoles out of final NZ Test

France internationals Frederic Michalak and Louis Picamoles have been ruled out of the third and final Test against New Zealand this week, the French federation (FFR) said on Monday.

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France's wing Yoann Huget (R) is embraced by teammate number 8 Louis Picamoles (C) and fullback Brice Dulin after scoring a try against Argentina's Pumas during their rugby union international test match at Jose Fierro stadium in Tucuman (AFP)

Flyhalf Michalak picked up a shoulder injury while number eight Picamoles suffered a hip problem in the country's 30-0 defeat against the All Blacks in Christchurch on Saturday.

"Those two players cannot train this week and they will not be fit for Saturday's match. It has been agreed with team staff that they will travel back to France on Tuesday," the FFR said in a statement.

The FFR added that no players would be called up as replacements for the injured duo in what is effectively a dead rubber between the sides.

France, who lost the first Test in Auckland 23-13, complete the three-match series against the All Blacks in New Plymouth.

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