Six Nations: France select four uncapped players in preliminary 30-man squad

Last Updated: 06/01/14 4:42pm

  • Share:
Jules Plisson: Stade Francais fly-half included in France's 30-man squad

Jules Plisson: Stade Francais fly-half included in France's 30-man squad

Sky Bet

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has included four uncapped players in his preliminary 30-man squad for the Six Nations.

Stade Francais trio Jules Plisson, Antoine Burban and Hugo Bonneval, and Castres back Geoffrey Palis are all included.

Plisson has been preferred to experienced half-backs Frederic Michalak and Francois Trinh-Duc, who are both omitted.

With Camille Lopez ruled out through injury, Saint-Andre has turned to Plisson, who briefly featured in the squad last year.

"There were talks over Jules Plisson and Francois again this morning," admitted Saint-Andre.

"Francois is making a massive effort and he's almost there, but Jules Plisson is currently putting in some high-quality performances.

"We've picked the most in-form and confident players of the moment."

Turning to Michalak, Saint-Andre said: "Frederic was the starter in last year's Six Nations and he played exceptionally in the November 2012 Tests.

"But he got injured and is currently lacking game time. He needs more time."

France will hold a week-long training camp in Canet-en-Rousillon on 19 January before reducing their squad to 23 players ahead of their Six Nations opener at home to England on 1 February.

Les Bleus, who finished bottom of last year's Six Nations after recording one solitary victory, are without a number of key players through injury, such as Morgan Parra, Florian Fritz and Vincent Clerc.

France squad

Forwards: T Domingo (Clermont), Y Forestier (Castres), B Kayser (Clermont), D Szarzewski (Racing Metro), N Mas (Montpellier), R Slimani, A Flanquart (both Stade Francais), Y Maestri (Toulouse), P Pape (Stade Francais), S Vahaamahina (Perpignan), A Burban (Stade Francais), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), B Le Roux (Racing Metro), Y Nyanga (Toulouse), D Chouly (Clermont), L Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: JM Doussain (Toulouse), M Machenaud (Racing Metro), J Plisson (Stade Francais), R Tales (Castres), M Bastareaud (Toulon), G Fickou (Toulouse), W Fofana (Clermont), M Mermoz (Toulon), S Guitoune (Perpignan), Y Huget, M Medard (both Toulouse), G Palis (Castres), H Bonneval (Stade Francais), B Dulin (Castres).

  • Share:

Related

RBS Six Nations 2014

Danny Care during the England media access at Twickenham Stadium

Care's World Cup dream

England scrum-half Danny Care talked to Sky Sports about his World Cup dream and the importance of rugby sevens.

Lancaster: may not have won Six Nations, but his team showed significant improvement

England on course

England did not win the best Six Nations in memory but are a global force again, says Stuart Barnes.

Ireland: Six Nations champions for the first time since 2009

Six of the best

After a pulsating finish to this year's tournament, we pick out some of the highlights in 2014.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Fantastic four

Fantastic four

Thinus Delport previews the Super Rugby semis as Crusaders face Sharks and Waratahs host Brumbies.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.

Six of the best

Six of the best

Ahead of the Super Rugby Qualifying Finals, Sky Sports takes a look at the six teams in contention.