Baptiste Serin becomes captain of the new France look


France head coach Fabien Galthie announced the changes to his squad of the day for their fall Nations Cup test against Italy in Paris on Saturday.Experienced scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain his country for the first time and he forms a half-back partnership with Matthieu Jalibert, who finished with a 17-point run in the Blues’ triumph over Scotland at Murrayfield la last week.

Galthie has named a young squad with Jalibert and right-winger Teddy Thomas the only survivors of this game against Scotland in the starting camp. Thomas is joined in the three full-backs by full-back Brice Dulin – who should play his first international in three years – and Gabin Villière, who will make his Test debut against the Azzurri.

Off center Jean-Pascal Barraque is another rookie in the side and he forms a midfield combination with Jonathan Danty.

Amongst the forwards, Stade Français flanker Sekou Macalou will make his first Test appearance since 2017 and is joined in the back row by Anthony Jelonch (number eight) and Cameron Woki.

Baptiste Pesenti and Kilian Geraci take second row while Toulouse hooker Peato Mauvaka is joined in first row by Dorian Aldegheri and Rodrigue Neti, who are the starting props.

Pesenti, Kilian Geraci and Neti will also make their test debuts in this match.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villière, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Serin (c), 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 4 Kilian Geraci, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Rodrigue Neti
Substitutes: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Yoram Moefana

Date: Saturday November 28
Lieu: Stade de France, Paris
Start: 21h10 locales (20h10 GMT)
Arbitrator: Nigel Owens
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley et Mike Adamson
TV Match Official: Sam Grove-Blanc


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