Rugby-France call up nine uncapped players for November tests

FILE PHOTO: Rugby - Six Nations Championship - France v Scotland - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - March 26, 2021 France players line up during the national anthems before the match REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

(Reuters) - France head coach Fabien Galthie named nine uncapped players in his 42-man squad for next month's tests against Argentina, Georgia and New Zealand.

France will host Argentina on Nov. 6 in Paris and play Georgia on Nov. 14 in Bordeaux before returning to the Stade de France to take on New Zealand six days later.

Bordeaux Begles prop Thierry Paiva is in contention for his first international cap alongside second rows Thibaud Flament, Florent Vanverberghe and Florian Verhaeghe.

Clermont Auvergne centre Tani Vili and wingers Donovan Taofifenua and Matthis Lebel are among the new faces, while Bordeaux duo Maxime Lucu and Romain Buros round up the uncapped contingent.

France will have a new captain in the absence of Charles Ollivon, who suffered an ACL injury while playing for Toulon in June.

Hooker Camille Chat, centre Pierre-Louis Barassi and winger Teddy Thomas also miss out through injury.

Backs: Romain Buros, Brice Dulin, Melvyn Jaminet, Thomas Ramos; Gabin Villiere, Damian Penaud, Matthis Lebel, Donovan Taofifenua; Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Yoram Moefana, Jonathan Danty, Tani Vili; Romain Ntamack, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Hastoy; Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Couilloud, Maxime Lucu

Forwards: Gregory Alldritt, Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Ibrahim Diallo; Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Killian Geraci, Florent Vanverberghe, Florian Verhaeghe; Demba Bamba, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Uini Atonio, Julian Marchand, Peato Mauvaka, Gaetan Barlot, Cyril Baille, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Thierry Paiva

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru)

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