Virimi Vakatawa beefs up French World Cup rugby squad

Racing 92 centre Virimi Vakatawa replaces injured Geoffrey Doumayrou. (Reuters Pic)

FRANCE: Racing 92 centre Virimi Vakatawa was called up by France to boost to their World Cup squad in place of Geoffrey Doumayrou, who will miss the tournament due to an injury.

Vakatawa, 27, won the first of his 17 caps for France in 2016 but fell out of favour and was dropped after failing to impress during the 2018 Six Nations tournament.

Doumayrou, named in coach Jacques Brunel’s initial World Cup squad of 31 players and six reserves in June, was forced out because of an Achilles tendon injury.