France bring in reinforcements for Nations Cup opener
SQUAD UPDATE: France coach Fabien Galthie kept faith with the majority of the squad that beat Ireland in the final game of the delayed Six Nations as he named a 28-man group for the Nations opener against Fiji.
Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin and loose forward Francois Cros were left out due to injury with Lyon’s Baptiste Couilloud, Bordeaux-Begles lock Cyril Cazeaux and Stade Francais centre Julien Delbouis all called up.
Racing 92 hooker Teddy Baubigny, Toulouse prop Dorian Aldegheri and Bordeaux flank Cameron Woki are also included for the November 15 match in Vannes.
Woki had been selected for the Six Nations warm-up win over Wales last month but was forced to pull out for medical reasons.
France just missed out on a first Six Nations title in a decade despite a 35-27 win over Ireland in Paris on Saturday, a result which crowned England on points difference.
Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont and Gregory Alldritt were among six nominees for the player of the tournament.
The nominees for the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship have been announced.
🏉 – Romain Ntamack
🏉 – Maro Itoje
🏉 – Grégory Alldritt
🏉 – CJ Stander
🏉 – Antoine Dupont
🏉 – Ben YoungsADVERTISEMENT
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) November 2, 2020
Under an arrangement agreed by the French rugby league (LNR) and the French rugby federation (FFR), players are only allowed to appear in three of the six matches in the extended end-of-year Test window.
As a result, a number of changes will need to be made for the second match of the tournament against Scotland in Edinburgh on November 22.
France host Italy on November 28 and will then play a final match to determine their overall position the first weekend of December.
The Nations Cup was created to replace the November Tests that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fiji’s Rugby Union announced on Monday that six members of their squad had tested positive for COVID-19.
— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) November 2, 2020