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France Rugby World Cup scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili says he is recovering well from a thigh injury he sustained playing against England and is “confident” of playing in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semifinal against Wales.

Yachvili was instrumental in the quarterfinal win against England, landing two early penalties to settle nerves and orchestrating the backline moves that pegged back England as France opened up a 16-0 first-half lead.

Yachvili limped off early in the second half against England with deep bruising to his left thigh, and was replaced by flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc, with makeshift No. 10 Morgan Parra switching back to scrumhalf.

After sitting out training for the last three days, Yachvili says he “started running again” on Wednesday and says “everything’s coming along well.”


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