Catalans Dragons prop Julian Bousquet to undergo surgery

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Catalans Dragons will be without prop Julian Bousquet for a lengthy period after breaking his arm in their opening round defeat to St Helens.

The France international suffered a fracture to his arm in their 28-8 defeat at champions Saints in the opening game of the new Super League season.

Scans have confirmed that he has a displaced fracture that will require surgery. He will see the surgical team on Tuesday in Montpellier.

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The Dragons are facing a front-row crisis just a week into the season. Dylan Napa and Gil Dudson are facing suspensions between three and five games. Their cases will be heard at a tribunal tomorrow.

Cook Islands international Napa was sent off in the 71st minute of Catalans’ defeat at St Helens on Thursday night. He has been given a Grade D charge for striking Mark Percival with his shoulder.

Wales international prop Gil Dudson was sin-binned in the first minute of the same game for Grade D punch on St Helens forward Joe Batchelor.

Catalans are will be without key front-row trio Bousquet, Dudson and Napa for the next couple of weeks.

Steve McNamara’s side will play their first home game on Saturday as they welcome Wakefield to the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Trinity will be without England international centre Reece Lyne for their trip to the south of France. He has been given a three-match ban by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel for a Grade C dangerous contact in their 16-12 home defeat to his former club Hull on Sunday.

Lyne miss Wakefield’s upcoming matches against Catalans, St Helens and Leeds.

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Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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