This weekend is the remaining spherical of Best 14 fits earlier than France’s new head trainer Fabien Galthie names his squad on January eight for the approaching Six Countries.

Former captain Galthie, 50, who changed Jacques Brunel after the Rugby International Cup quarter-final go out, will probably be having a look to say a primary identify win in the yearly match since 2010.

Right here AFP Game choices out one of the names taking part in for his or her position within the 42-man workforce earlier than les Bleus’ opening sport of the contest in opposition to International Cup runners up England in a month’s time.

– Captain query –

Hooker Guilhem Guirado retired from Take a look at rugby following the International Cup quarter-final defeat after dressed in the captain’s armband for 4 years. Galthie has stated he’ll chorus from naming a long-term alternative for Guirado and can use the match as a check. Unfastened-head prop Jefferson Poirot led les Blues within the uncommon absences of Guirado throughout 2019 and others additionally connected with the activity come with Toulon back-rower Charles Ollivon and Toulouse pair Julien Marchand and Antoine Dupont.

– Promises –

In one of the crucial choices of this weekend’s fits within the French top-flight Racing 92 welcome Clermont on Saturday with a bunch of people all however positive in their position within the squad anticipated to characteristic.

Camille Chat, the alternative for Guirado within the beginning quantity two blouse and back-rower Bernard Le Roux are set to stand the guests’ prop Rabah Slimani and loose-forward Arthur Iturria.

A number of the backs, in-form centre Virimi Vakatawa may arise in opposition to the likes of Alivereti Raka and Damian Penaud, who was once suspended for remaining Sunday’s victory over Castres through trainer Franck Azema because of the winger’s deficient perspective.

On Sunday, bottom-side Stade Francais play Toulouse in French rugby’s Clasico with no longer simply puts in Galthie’s squad up for grabs however doubtlessly one in his beginning lineup.

Gael Fickou and Sofiane Guitoune are set to characteristic at outdoor centre for his or her respective facets at Stade Jean-Bouin with an early probability to say a stake to enroll in Vakatawa in midfield.

– Possibles –

After lock Sebastien Vahaamahina hung up his boots following the International Cup, the place he was once red-carded and therefore banned for elbowing Wales’ Aaron Wainwright, Galthie may name at the likes of Lyon teenager Felix Lambey, South African-born Paul Willemse or veteran Yoann Maestri for a go back to the global set-up.

In other places, Toulouse scrum-half Sebastien Bezy, Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Mathieu Jalibert and Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas is also again.

– Outsiders –

France’s U20s aspect has gained the previous two editions of the junior International Cup and Bordeaux-Begles back-rower Cameron Woki and Toulon fly-half Louis Carbonel may apply within the footsteps of fellow former trophy winners Romain Ntamack and Demba Bamba through being given alternatives at senior degree.

On the different finish of the age scale 27-year-old Montpellier full-back Anthony Bouthier has been spectacular throughout his first few months within the top-tier after 5 years in ProD2.

This weekend’s French Best 14 fixtures (all instances 1945GMT until said)


Agen v Lyon (1430), Racing 92 v Clermont (1645), Bordeaux-Begles v Bayonne, Pau v L. a. Rochelle, Montpellier v Brive


Toulon v Castres (1700), Stade Francais v Toulouse (2000)

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