European Professional Rugby Club | Hounkpatin and Azagoh debuted in France – .

European Professional Rugby Club | Hounkpatin and Azagoh debuted in France – .

Castres Olympique mainstay Wilfrid Hounkpatin and Stade Français Paris goalkeeper Pierre-Henri Azagoh will win their first selection for France in Melbourne on Tuesday as the Blues try to level the three-game series against Australia.

They replace Lyon pillar Demba Bamba and block Kilian Geraci in two of the five changes made by head coach Fabien Galthié, who are all in the field.

The others saw the Bordeaux-Bègles Union lock Cyril Cazeaux take over from Romain Taofifénua, while in second place, Bordeaux’s Cameron Woki and Ibrahim Diallo of Racing 92 replace Lyonnais Dylan Cretin and Stade Français Sekou Macalou. In addition, captain Anthony Jelonch goes from flanker to No.8.

“Azagoh is a discovery,” said Galthié. “He plays in the shadows. He is a worker, very active, who shows a lot of intelligence and does not play for himself. It can be another eye-opener on this tour.

The boss of France has kept the entire back division of the first Test, including the young full-back Melvyn Jaminet, whose mistake late in the game gave Australia the opportunity to beat the Blues 23-21.

“These seven players, to varying degrees, have done well. The important thing is that they feel confident, ”said Galthié. “For a lot of newbie players it’s a period of accelerated learning. “

France continues to be deprived of Heineken Champions Cup players and TOP 14 finalists, Stade Toulousain and Stade Rochelais, who were unable to complete the Australian coronavirus entry quarantine on time.


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