France Six Nations Squad 2021 – Crew to face Wales


France Six Nations Squad 2021

Following final weekend’s defeat by England, Fabien Galthie has named an unchanged beginning XV for France’s Six Nations match towards Wales.

The sport in Paris on Saturday is a must-win for France if they’re to maintain their title hopes alive.

There are some adjustments on the bench as centre Arthur Vincent returns to the match-day 23, whereas prop Uini Atonio is available in and lock Swan Rebbadj is a part of the crew for the primary time this event.

France crew to play Wales – Saturday 20 March

Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Damian Penaud; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Uini Atonio, Swan Rebbadj, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack, Arthur Vincent.

RUGBY WORLD VERDICT

France have been the most effective crew in Europe for the previous 14 months – definitely the most effective to observe, writes Sarah Mockford. They could not have been the one lifting the trophies however they’re the Six Nations facet that has made probably the most important strides since RWC 2019.

They’ve a younger squad with loads of depth and are nicely coached – take this set transfer for Damian Penaud’s strive towards England final week…

Their disappointment at lacking out on a Grand Slam by shedding to England final week was evident when the ultimate whistle blew at Twickenham. The query now’s whether or not they can bounce again to beat Wales and preserve their title hopes. There’s no doubting their expertise and expertise, however this might come right down to mentality.

France crew to play England – Saturday 13 March

Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Damian Penaud; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Cyril Cazeaux, Cameron Woki, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Romain Ntamack.

RUGBY WORLD VERDICT

The return of Virimi Vakatawa in midfield is a large enhance for France, writes Sarah Mockford. He was in very good kind earlier than harm struck simply earlier than the championship and his triple menace of step, fend and offload are positive to maintain England busy in defence.

Some may need anticipated Romain Ntamack to return again into the beginning line-up now he’s recovered from jaw surgical procedure, however Matthieu Jalibert has been wonderful at fly-half on this championship and deserves to retain the No 10 shirt. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see if Fabien Galthie brings Ntamack on to play alongside Jalibert in a twin playmaking choice – the pair at 10-12 may show very efficient.

Bernard Le Roux’s harm means they lose expertise within the second row however Romain Taofifenua and Paul Willemse will kind a hefty unit. Plus, with an six-two break up between forwards and backs on the bench, it’s clear France are eager to take England on bodily up entrance.

France crew to play Eire – Sunday 14 February

Brice Dulin; Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon.

Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Hassane Kolingar, Uini Atonio, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas

France crew to play Italy – Saturday 6 February

Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Arthur Vincent, Gael Fickou, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Dylan Cretin, Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon.

Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Anthony Jelonch, Baptiste Serin, Louis Carbonel, Damian Penaud.

France Six Nations squad 2021

Forwards

(DoB/Membership/Place/Take a look at debut/caps)

Dorian Aldegheri (4 Aug 1993/Toulouse/Prop/2019 v England/8)
Gregory Alldritt (23 March 1997/La Rochelle/Again-row/2019 v Wales/21)
Cyril Baille (15 Sep 1993/Toulouse/Prop/2016 v Samoa/26)
Pierre Bourgarit (12 Sep 1997/La Rochelle/Hooker/2018 v New Zealand/5)
Cyril Cazeaux (10 Feb 1995/Bordeaux Bègles/Lock/2020 v Italy/2)
Camille Chat (18 Dec 1995/Racing 92/Hooker/2016 v Eire/30)
Dylan Cretin (4 Mar 1997/Lyon/Again-row/2020 v Wales/8)
Jean-Baptiste Gros (29 Could 1999/Toulon/Prop/2020 v Wales/7)
Mohamed Haouas (9 Mar 1994/Montpellier/2020 v England/10)
Wilfrid Hounkpatin (29 Jul 1991/Castres/Prop/uncapped)
Anthony Jelonch (28 Jul 1996/Castres/Again-row/2017 v New Zealand/7)
Bernard Le Roux (4 Jun 1989/Racing 92/Again-row/2013 v New Zealand/46)
Julien Marchand (10 Could 1995/Toulouse/Hooker/2018 v Fiji/12)
Charles Ollivon (11 Could 1993/Toulon/Again-row/2014 v Fiji/21)
Romain Taofifenua (13 Sep 1990/Toulon/Lock/2012 v Argentina/23)
Paul Willemse (13 Nov 1993/Montpellier/Lock/2019 v Wales/15)
Cameron Woki (7 November 1998/Bordeaux Bègles/Again-row/2020 v England/5)

Backs
Anthony Bouthier (19 Jun 1992/Montpellier/Full-back/2020 v England/6)
Baptiste Couilloud (22 Jul 1997/Lyon/Scrum-half/2018 v Italy/5)
Jonathan Danty (7 Oct 1992/Stade Francias/Centre/2016 v Italy/6)
Brice Dulin (13 Apr 1990/La Rochelle/Full-back/2012 v Argentina/34)
Antoine Dupont (15 Nov 1996/Toulouse/Scrum-half/2017 v Italy/30)
Gael Fickou (26 Mar 1994/Stade Francias/Centre/2013 v Scotland/61)
Matthieu Jalibert (6 Nov 1998/Bordeaux Bègles/Fly-half/2018 v Eire/11)
Yoram Moefana (18 Jul 2000/Bordeaux Bègles/Centre/2020 v Italy/2)
Romain Ntamack (1 Could 1999/Toulouse/Fly-half/2019 v Wales/18)
Damian Penaud (25 Sep 1996/Clermont/Wing/2017 v South Africa/20)
Baptiste Serin (20 Jun 1994/Toulon/Scrum-half/2016 v Argentina/41)
Donovan Taofifenua (30 Mar 1999/Racing 92/Wing/Uncapped)
Teddy Thomas (18 Sep 1993/Racing 92/Wing/2014 v Fiji/25)
Virimi Vakatawa (1 Could 1992/Racing 92/Centre/2016 v Italy/28)

House turf: France play their residence matches at Stade de France (Getty Photographs)

France Six Nations Fixtures 2021

(All kick-off instances are GMT)

Sat 6 February, Italy 10-50 France Dupont dazzles as France crush Italy in Six Nations opener
Solar 14 February, Eire 13-15 France France win in Dublin for first time since 2011
Fri 26 March, France v Scotland, Stade de France, 8pm
Sat 13 March, England 23-20 France Antoine Dupont scores after 65 seconds
Sat 20 March, France v Wales, Stade de France, 8pm

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