France name 30 man Six Nations squad

Going down the route that England could well follow next week, Phillipe Saint-Andre has opted for youth over experience in his 30 man squad for the Six Nations. There is no space for veteran centres Yannick Jauzion and Florian Fritz, with the new France coach looking to bring through young talent such as the Clermont Auvergne centre Wesley Fofana.

There is a heavy reliance on the countries top two club sides, with 12 players from Toulouse and 7 from Clermont Auvergne included, leaving 11 other players from different clubs. The side will once more be captained by Thierry Dusautoir, whilst there are returns to the squad for Yannick Nyanga, Lionel Beauxis and Clermont Poitrenaud.

Forwards (17): Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Franais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Pascal Pape (Stade Franais), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont)

Backs (13): Morgan Parra (Clermont), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Lionel Beauxis (Toulouse), Franois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Yann David (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), Aurlien Rougerie (Clermont), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Julien Malzieu (Clermont), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse)

4 thoughts on “France name 30 man Six Nations squad

  1. I’ve heard of most of these players. French team selections aren’t as fun as they used to be. I’m getting nostalgic for the Lievremont years.

  2. French squad selections aren’t as fun as they used to be. I’m getting nostalgic for hte Lievremont years.

    1. Agreed. With Lievremont we could be scratching our heads as to why certain players have been selected…now however its all strategy and skill. It should be both interesting…and worrying!…to watch the development

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