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Jalibert and Ntamack start together against Argentina

Jalibert and Ntamack start together against Argentina

Matthieu Jalibert France

Matthieu Jalibert and Romain Ntamack will start a Test match together for the first time after being named in France’s side to take on Argentina in their Autumn Nations Series opener in Paris.

Jalibert will start at fly-half with Ntamack at inside centre in the team which will be led by new captain Antoine Dupont.

There is one new cap in the starting XV as Thibaud Flament, the Toulouse lock, gets the nod alongside Paul Willemse.

With Ntamack starting at inside centre, Gaël Fickou shifts out a position, while the back three is the same as the first two Tests in Australia as Melvyn Jaminet starts at full-back alongside Damian Penaud and Gabin Villière.

Villière had been forced to withdraw from the squad initially with a niggle but is fit to play, as is Mohamed Haouas who also came back into the squad this week.

Anthony Jelonch, who captained the side in Australia, starts at No.8, with Grégory Alldritt dropping to the bench. He is joined in the back row by Toulouse teammate François Cros and Bordeaux-Bègles flanker Cameron Woki.

In the front row, Haouas joins Toulouse duo Cyril Baille and Julien Marchand.

There is one debutant on the bench with Maxime Lucu the back-up scrum-half in a six-two split between forwards and backs.

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That means that Sekou Macalou will provide cover for both the back row and the outside backs.

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France team to play Argentina:

France: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. Damian Penaud, 13. Gaël Fickou, 12. Romain Ntamack, 11. Gabin Villière ; 10. Matthieu Jalibert, 9. Antoine Dupont (c), 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Mohamed Haouas, 4. Thibaud Flament, 5. Paul Willemse, 6. François Cros, 7. Cameron Woki, 8. Anthony Jelonch

Replacements: 16. Peato Mauvaka, 17. Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18. Demba Bamba, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Sekou Macalou, 21. Grégory Alldritt, 22. Maxime Lucu, 23. Jonathan Danty.

Argentina have named a very strong side with an experienced pack led by hooker Julian Montoya.

He is joined in the front row by Thomas Gallo, making his first Test start after two tries off the bench in the Rugby Championship against Australia.

Elsewhere Facundo Isa starts at No.8 in a back row that also features Pablo Matera and Marcos Kremer while Santiago Carreras continues at fly-half, with brother Mateo named on the wing.

In the starting XV there are eight players who ply their trade in France with three more on the bench.

Argentina: 15. Emiliano Boffelli, 14. Bautista Delguy, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Mateo Carreras, 10. Santiago Carreras, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 1. Thomas Gallo, 2. Julian Montoya (c), 3. Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Facundo Isa

Replacements: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Rodrigo Martinez, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Lucas Paulos, 20. Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Nicolas Sanchez, 23. Lucio Cinti


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