Guy Noves names 32-man France squad for autumn internationals
By Michael Cantillon
Last Updated: 26/10/16 1:26pm
France head coach Guy Noves has named a 32-man France squad for November internationals against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.
Noves, who managed French rugby giants Toulouse from 1993 to 2015 winning four European Cup titles, was named France manager after the 2015 World Cup following the dismissal of Philippe Saint-Andre.
Within his latest squad Noves has called up Toulon flanker Charles Ollivon to cover injured Racing 92 back-rower Bernard Le Roux.
Northampton Saints number eight Louis Picamoles was also called up despite the former Toulouse man having been absent from Noves' 30-man 'elite squad' named before the season in July.
Noves has picked Francois Trinh-Duc, Jules Plisson and Jean-Marc Doussain as his fly-half options, while Sebastien Bezy, Baptiste Serin and Maxime Machenaud will compete for the scrum-half position.
Racing 92 full-back Brice Dulin and Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez are two notable omissions.
Les Blues begin their autumn schedule against Samoa in Toulouse on 12 November, before facing Australia and the All Blacks on 19 November and 26 November respectively at the Stade de France.
France 32-man squad:
Sebastien Bezy (Toulouse), Djibril Camara (Stade Francais), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Remi Lamerat (Clermont), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), Scott Spedding (Clermont), Francois Trinh-Duc (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (unattached)
Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Louis Picamoles (Northampton/ENG), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Clermont)