Updated: Monday, 03 February 2014 23:09 | By Agence France-Presse

France to replace injured Burban with Diarra

France flanker Antoine Burban will miss next Sunday's second Six Nations fixture against Italy with a hamstring problem and will be replaced in the squad by Ibrahim Diarra of Castres, team management announced on Monday.

France to replace injured Burban with Diarra

Mont-de-Marsan's Jean-Baptiste Dubie vies with Castres' Ibrahim Diarra (left) during a rugby match in Mont-de-Marsan on December 1, 2012 - by Nicolas Tucat

Burban, 26, came on in the second half of Saturday's dramatic 26-24 win against England but tests on Monday confirmed the injury and forced him to pull out of the Italy clash.

Diarra, 30, was part of the Castres team that won the Top 14 title last season and has played for France before, in a 25-13 win against Italy in 2008.

He joins the 30-man squad which will be whittled down to 25 on Wednesday by coach Philippe Saint-Andre ahead of the match itself.

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