Six Nations 2014: Louis Picamoles dropped by France for mocking ref

France number eight Louis Picamoles has been dropped for next week's Six Nations match against Scotland for showing disrespect to a referee.

The forward appeared to mockingly applaud Alain Rolland after the referee sent him to the sin-bin against Wales.

He also gave a thumbs-up gesture as he left the pitch during Friday's 27-6 loss to the reigning champions.

France in 2014 Six Nations

France v England
  • France 26-24 England
  • France 30-10 Italy
  • Wales 27-6 France
  • Scotland v France (8 March)
  • France v Ireland (15 March)

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre said: "Certain attitudes have no place whatsoever in our sport."

He added: "Respect is the foundation of our values. It is important to send a signal to all players who have the privilege of wearing the jersey and remind them it imposes duties and obligations."

France are already without the influential Wesley Fofana (ribs) and flanker Yannick Nyanga (groin) for the game at Murrayfield because of injury.

Saint-Andre has made a number of changes to his squad for a match that France, who are in a four-way tie at the top of the table, must win if they are to maintain hopes of winning the championship.

Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra has been recalled, although he faces a disciplinary hearing after receiving a red card for head-butting a Montpellier player at the weekend.

Prop Rabah Slimani, flankers Bernard Le Roux and Antoine Claassen and centre Remi Lemarat have also been called up.

France squad: Vincent Debaty, Thomas Domingo, Yannick Forestier, Brice Mach, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Sebastien Vaahamahina, Virgile Bruni, Alexandre Lapandry, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard le Roux, Damien Chouly, Antonie Claassen, Jean-Marc Doussain, Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Jules Plisson, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gael Fickou, Remi Lamerat, Maxime Mermoz, Yoann Huget, Maxime Medard, Hugo Bonneval, Brice Dulin.