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XV of France: a group of 42 players for the Tournament with eight neophytes, including Delbouis, Coly and Bielle-Biarrey


Fabien Galthié selected 42 players on Tuesday, including eight who have zero selections, to prepare for the Six Nations Tournament, which will begin on February 5 with a trip to Italy.

End of suspense.

Via a simple press release without any justification, Fabien Galthié, the coach of the XV of France, unveiled this Tuesday the group of 42 selected to prepare for the next Six Nations Tournament.

If the staff of the Blues had to deal with certain absences due to injury, several newcomers have been called to Marcoussis, other veterans are returning.

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If most of the executives of the France group are present (

Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Grégory Alldritt in


Gabin Villière

(Toulon) was not called.

The winger with the red helmet is currently in the recovery phase, after experiencing several physical glitches which have so far ruined his season (fractures of the left hand and fibula).

Another expected return, that of

François Cros


The Rouge et Noir flanker was seriously injured in the knee last June and suffered a relapse in September.

The competition promises to be fierce with

Charles Ollivon

(Toulon), back in the foreground in November, and

Anthony Jelonch

, valuable in the fight.

The surprise of this list came from third-line

Paul Boudehent

(La Rochelle).

In the same position, note the return of

Yacouba Camara

(Montpellier), crowned champion of France last summer.

The right pillar

Mohamed Haouas

(Montpellier) returns to the group, after being absent in the fall.

Delbouis rewarded

Slightly injured recently, the other right pillar

Uini Atonio

(La Rochelle, sprained knee) will be able to quickly return to competition, believes the staff who retained him.

On the other hand, scrum half

Maxime Lucu

(UBB, sprained ankle) was not called up.

Just like

Baptiste Couilloud

(Lyon), who recently suffered a whiplash and who is not called up.

The staff trusted the youth with

Léo Coly

(Montpellier) and

Nolann Le Garrec

(Racing 92).

For this Six Nations Tournament, the tricolor staff called on several neophytes.


Julien Delbouis

(Stade Français Paris), particularly prominent this season with the second in the Top 14, has been called up.

Called up last November but not yet capped, winger

Ethan Dumortier

(Lyon) and center

Émilien Gailleton

(Pau) will return to Marcoussis.

Another fit man at the start of this exercise, the rear or winger

Louis Bielle-Biarrey

(Bordeaux-Bègles) was called up, at only 19 years old.

Lamothe and Barlot summoned to the heel

Faced with a massacre at the hooker position, with the unavailability of

Peato Mauvaka

(Toulouse, finger) and

Pierre Bourgarit

(La Rochelle, knee), Fabien Galthié and his assistants called on

Gaëtan Barlot

(Castres) and

Teddy Baubigny

(Toulon) to be the understudy of the number 1 of the position,

Julien Marchand


On the other hand,

Maxime Lamothe

(Bordeaux-Bègles), approached to join the group, was ultimately not selected.

Already called without having been aligned, the rear

Romain Buros

(UBB) is also selected.

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At the post of opening half, behind the essential

Romain Ntamack


Matthieu Jalibert

, there was still a place to take.

Logically, it was

Antoine Hastoy

(La Rochelle), author of good performances in his new colors, who was selected rather than

Louis Carbonel

(Montpellier) and the young

Léo Barré

(Stade Français), yet cited by Fabien Galthié as a followed player.

Internship in Capbreton

Among the notable absences,

Cameron Woki

(Racing 92), victim of a broken hand, was not summoned.

Long-term injured, the three-quarter centers

Jonathan Danty

(La Rochelle) and

Arthur Vincent

(Montpellier), two executives of the group, will not be there either.

In the pack, two other players are missing: the second-line

Florian Verhaeghe

(Montpellier, shoulder) and the right pillar

Jean-Baptiste Gros

(Toulon, forearm).

On the return side,

Paul Willemse

(Montpellier), who returned to the field in mid-December after four months of absence, is logically returning to the cage.

Already summoned and selected (two selections each), the second lines

Thomas Jolmes

(UBB) and

Thomas Lavault

(La Rochelle) are part of the group of 42.

The Blues will be reunited at the CNR of Marcoussis from Sunday January 22, before leaving for a ten-day internship in Capbreton (Landes).

The XV of France will begin the defense of its title in the Six Nations Tournament on Sunday February 5 (4 p.m.), with a trip to Italy.

Before, a week later, the shock of this 2023 edition against Ireland, the number 1 nation in the world ranking, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

A real test for the Blues less than eight months from "their" World Cup.

Source: lefigaro

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