France head coach Jacques Brunel has dropped several players from his squad to face Italy as punishment for their “inappropriate behaviour” in Edinburgh recently.
Seven les Bleus players were reportedly questioned by police following a fight that took place in Edinburgh city centre on Sunday night after France lost their Six Nations Test to Scotland on the same day.
In a statement the French rugby federation (FFR) said: “(Coach) Jacques Brunel has decided to exclude from that list the players who went out after the defeat in Scotland.
“With this inappropriate behaviour, they failed to respect their duty as international players.”
The players were taken off their plane, that was set to leave Edinburgh airport on Monday, to be questioned by the police.
Although the FFR did not name the players sanctioned, Anthony Belleau, Alexandre Lapandry, Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Jonathan Danty, Louis Picamoles, Remi Lamerat and Teddy Thomas were not named in the squad for the clash with Italy on February 23 in Marseille.
France squad: Mathieu Babbilot (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Lionel Beauxis (Lyon), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Hugo Bonneval (Toulon), Yacouba Camara (Montpellier), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Henry Chavancy (Racing 92), Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon), Geoffrey Doumayrou (La Rochelle), Benjamin Fall (Montpellier), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Français), Kelian Galletier (Montpellier), Cedate Gomes Sa (Racing 92), Rémy Grosso (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (c) (Toulon), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Bernard le Roux (Racing 92), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Geoffrey Palis (Castres), Adrien Pelissie (Bordeaux-Bègles), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Dany Priso (La Rochelle), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Clermont), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Marco Tauleigne (Bordeaux-Bègles), François Trinh Duc (Toulon), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92)