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France name 42-man squad for Autumn Nations Series

France name 42-man squad for Autumn Nations Series

France name 42-man squad for Autumn Nations Series

Fabien Galthie has named nine uncapped players in a 42-man squad for France’s Autumn Nations Series fixtures against Argentina, Georgia and New Zealand.

Galthie will take charge of his side for the first time since a narrow 2-1 series loss to Australia down under over the summer.

He has named 23 forwards and 19 backs for the internationals in November, 28 players will stay with the team throughout the Series with 14 returning to their clubs on the weekend.

Toulouse lock Thibaud Flament is in line for a debut alongside fellow second rows Florent Vanverberghe, of Castres, and Montpellier’s Florian Verhaeghe.

Bordeaux Begles prop Thierry Paiva, Toulouse winger Matthis Lebel and Racing 92’s wing Donovan Taofifenua are also in with a chance of winning a first French cap next month.

Bordeaux No.9 Maxime Lucu is another of the uncapped contingent named in the squad and will compete for a spot alongside Antoine Dupont and Lyon scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud.

Clermont Auvergne centre Tani Vili and Bordeaux full-back Romain Buros are the other two stars included who are yet to make their international bows.

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Hooker Camille Chat, centre Pierre-Louis Barassi and wing Teddy Thomas miss out through injury.

In the absence of regular captain Charles Ollivon, who suffered an ACL injury while playing for Toulon in June, France will have a new leader.

Team manager Raphael Ibanez confirmed one of Gregory Alldritt, Dupont, Gael Fickou, Anthony Jelonch or Julien Marchand would be handed the captaincy.

France host Los Pumas on Saturday, November 6 at the Stade de France before taking on Georgia the following Sunday in Bordeaux.

After finishing as runners-up to England in last year’s Autumn Nations Cup, France will conclude this year’s campaign by returning to Paris for a fixture against the All Blacks, who will also be the opposition for the opening game of the home Rugby World Cup in 2023, on November 20.

Full squad

Forwards

Gaëtan Barlot (Castres), Julien Marchand (Toulouse), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste Gros (Toulon), Thierry Paiva (Bordeaux-Bègles), Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Demba Bamba (Lyon), Wilfrid Hounkpatin (Castres), Thibaud Flament (Toulouse), Killian Geraci (Lyon), Bernard Le Roux (Racing), Romain Taofifenua (Lyon), Florent Vanverberghe (Castres), Florian Verhaeghe (Montpellier), Paul Willemse (Montpellier), Grégory Alldritt (La Rochelle), Dylan Cretin (Lyon), François Cros (Toulouse), Ibrahim Diallo (Racing), Anthony Jelonch (Toulouse), Sekou Macalou (Stade Français), Cameron Woki (Bordeaux-Bègles).

Backs

Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon), Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles), Antoine Hastoy (Pau), Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse), Jonathan Danty (La Rochelle), Gaël Fickou (Racing), Yoram Moefana (Bordeaux-Bègles), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing), Tani Vili (Clermont), Matthis Lebel (Toulouse), Damian Penaud (Clermont), Donovan Taofifenua (Racing), Gabin Villière (Toulon), Romain Buros (Bordeaux-Bègles), Brice Dulin (La Rochelle), Melvyn Jaminet (Perpignan), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse).

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