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France front-row switch under investigation

France's teammates celebrate after winning against Wales. Credit: Blondet Eliot/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Six Nations bosses have opened an investigation into the chaotic scenes at the end of the France-Wales game in Paris on Saturday.

Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley said the "integrity of the game had been brought into disrepute" after France replacement prop Uini Atonio went off for a head injury assessment, with starting tighthead Rabah Slimani then returning during a remarkable 20 minutes of second-half stoppage time.

Slimani had earlier been replaced but the France team doctor insisted that Atonio needed an HIA, therefore allowing Slimani to go back on as France laid siege to Wales' line through a series of scrums.

SNRL is aware of concerns about the head injury assessment that took place towards the end of the match and is looking into the matter.

No further comments will be made until the closing of the citing window and the conclusion of the enquiry.

– Six Nations Rugby statement
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