France broke head injury protocols in Wales game

The French rugby federation has been reprimanded for failing to follow head injury assessment protocols in their 6 Nations win over Wales in Paris.

France's prop Uini Atonio

French replacement prop Uini Atonio went off for a head injury assessment, with starting tighthead Rabah Slimani returning after being replaced.

A review group appointed to investigate the incident concluded "there was no clear evidence that there was any intent to obtain a competitive advantage'', but found protocols were not followed.

Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley said the "integrity of the game had been brought into disrepute'' by the incident.

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