Updated: Monday, 11 August 2014 21:09 | By Agence France-Presse

'Ill' Picamoles to miss start of Top 14

Toulouse's powerhouse No 8 Louis Picamoles will miss the first five matches of the Top 14 season because of illness, according to coach Guy Noves.

'Ill' Picamoles to miss start of Top 14

French rugby player Louis Picamoles attends the team's first training session at Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane on May 30, 2014 - by Patrick Hamilton

The 28-year-old France international has taken no part in training since his return from holidays on July 21 and has been written off until September 15, Noves said.

"He's ill and we decided to give him a month off," Noves said, without clarifying exactly what was wrong with the backrower.

Former All Black Luke McAlister (stomach) would also likely be ruled out of Toulouse's opener against Oyonnax on Saturday, Noves said, joining Thierry Dusautoir (thigh), Yohan Maestri (knee), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee) and Schalk Ferreira (biceps) on the sidelines.

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