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XV of France: absentees and surprises for the autumn tour


This Monday, at 5 p.m., Fabien Galthié and Raphaël Ibanez will unveil the list of 42 players selected for the November tests against Argentina, Georgia and the All Blacks. Some new faces are announced.

They are packages

The coach and manager of the Blues must face the beginning of a slaughter. To the long-term wounded, the captain Charles Ollivon (who hopes to be back by the Six Nations Tournament) and scrum half Baptiste Serin (which should return to the grounds in December), have been added a few new packages. Broke by a serious knee injury, the three-quarter center of Montpellier, Arthur Vincent, will no longer play this season. Victim of a dislocated shoulder, the neo-Racingman and second-row Baptiste Pesenti He has it for five months. Uncertainty hovers around Mohamed haouas. The mainstay of the MHR, handicapped by a muscle injury, is forfeited for the first two tests, against the Pumas on November 6 at the Stade de France and Georgia on November 14 in Bordeaux. It also seems fair for Teddy thomas. Injured in the hamstrings in mid-September, the Racing 92 winger did not play a single minute of play this season in Top 14. His return is scheduled for early November. For a return in blue during the tour? Last uncertainty around Pierre-Louis Barassi. The LOU center, victim of a sprained right ankle with ligament rupture on September 20, is supposed to find the grounds at the end of October, beginning of November. It might be a bit tight …

They earned their place this summer

The July tour in Australia benefited a large handful of players. The big revelations? The back of the Usap Melvyn Jaminet, the hooker of Castres Gaëtan Barlot and the neo-Rochelais Jonathan danty. These three will be in the list. Just like the right pillar of the CO, Wilfrid Hounkpatin. Discreet in Australia, however, he returned with full confidence. For a thunderous start to the season, as evidenced by his two doubles in the last three days of Top 14. To his advantage with Stade Français Paris, Sekou Macalou should also be among the 42. Just like the young flanker of Racing 92, Ibrahim Diallo. If his injury exit against Toulon on Saturday night does not turn out to be too serious… Not seen in Australia, Alivereti Raka, author of good outings with Clermont, could take the opportunity to keep his place in the group of 42.

They are in danger

For the first time in the Galthié era, Anthony Bouthier should not be called, Brice Dulin, Thomas Ramos and Melvyn Jaminet being the three favorites for number 15. Another Blue in danger, Camille Cat. With hookers Julien Marchand and Gaëtan Barlot starting certain, third place will be played between Pierre Bourgarit, Peato Mauvaka and the Racingman. Probably in that order… Disappointing last summer in Australia, when he was given his chance with two starts, the opener of the RCT Louis Carbonel is threatened. Behind Romain Ntamack and Matthieu Jalibert, the jump seat will be played between the Palois Antoine Hastoy, the Parisian Joris Segonds and him. With an advantage to the first named?

Anthony Bouthier should, for the first time, be absent from Fabien Galthié’s list. Panoramic

What new faces?

To complete the list of 42, there will be a few players with zero selection. Which third scrum half behind Antoine Dupont and Baptiste Couilloud? Bordeaux Maxime Lucu seemed to have gained the advantage. But the young revelation of Racing 92, Nolann Le Garrec (19) made a strong impression. The famous “UFO»Mentioned by Fabien Galthié? On the wingers side, the Toulousain Matthis lebel will be in the list. The Racingman Donovan Taofifenua too ? A surprise from Toulon could steal his place: the ex-Bayonnais Aymeric Luc, very to his advantage at the start of the season. There will be something new in the second row with the Toulousain Thibault Flament and, perhaps, the Montpellier Florian Verhaeghe. On the front line, the pillars Thierry paiva (UBB) and / or Reda Wardi (Stade Rochelais) should be. The big odds could come from number 8 in Racing, Yoan Tanga.

What captain in the absence of Ollivon?

This summer, Anthony Jelonch recovered the armband during the three tests in Australia. Will his interim be extended? Not sure because several executives were missing during this summer tour. Four of them apply: Gael Fickou, Julien Marchand, Grégory Alldritt and Antoine Dupont. The first named could well be the chosen one.

The probable list

Hookers : J. Marchand, Barlot, Bourgarit.
Pillars : Baille, Gros, Wardi, Bamba, Hounkpatin, Atonio, Colombe (or Paiva).
Second lines : Le Roux, Willemse, R. Taofifenua, Flament, Geraci.
Third lines : Cros, Jelonch, Alldritt, Cretin, Woki, Macalou, Diallo, Tanga.
Scrum half : Dupont, Couilloud, Lucu (or Le Garrec).
Opening half : Jalibert, Ntamack, Hastoy (or Carbonel).
Centers : Fickou, Vakatawa, Danty, Moefana, Barassi.
Wingers : Penaud, Villière, Lebel, Raka, D. Taofifenua (or Luc).
Rear : Dulin, Jaminet, Ramos.

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