Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Eight uncapped players named in France rugby squad
MARCOUSSIS, France (Reuters) - Manager Philippe Saint-Andre has called up eight uncapped players in his 33-man squad as he continues to rejuvenate France ahead of next month's three test matches.
The squad, which can be amended in between matches, features 15 players aged 25 or less while only 10 players from the 2011 World Cup were named on Tuesday.
Toulon flanker Pierrick Gunther and Toulouse centre Gael Fickou, 23 and 18 respectively, were the among the exciting prospects in the squad.
"I wanted to stay true to what we've done in Argentina (last June)," Saint-Andre told a news conference.
Captain Thierry Dusautoir, who had been rested in June, is back in the squad, however.
The squad will be reduced to 23 ahead of a training camp which will start five days before the opening November test.
World Cup runners-up France will take on Australia at the Stade de France on November 10, Argentina in Lille on November 17 and Samoa at the Stade de France a week later.
Eddy Ben Arous, Thomas Domingo, Yannick Forestier, Benjamin Kayser, Christopher Tolofua, Dimitri Szarzewski, David Attoub, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Jocelino Suta, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Pierrick Gunther, Wenceslas Lauret, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles
Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Frederic Michalak, Jules Plisson, Francois Trinh-Duc, Vincent Clerc, Brice Dulin, Benjamin Fall, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Yoann Huget, Vincent Martin, Maxime Mermoz
(Reporting by Jean-Paul Couret; Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Mark Meadows)