Rugby | France name rookie squad for Argentina tour

Paris – France coach Guy Noves on Monday named 11 more players for the two-Test tour of Argentina, including five more yet to win an international cap.

Among the call-ups were Bordeaux hooker Clement Maynadier, Montpellier flank Kelian Galletier, Castres fullback Geoffrey Palis, Oyonnax lock Fabrice Metz and Brive prop Lucas Pointud, all uncapped.

Also joining the flight to Argentina, with Tests on June 19 and 25, will be Toulouse contingent Maxime Medard, Sebastien Bezy, Louis Picamoles, Gael Fickou and Yoann Maestri, and Castres centre Remi Lamerat.

Noves’ 28-strong squad now includes 17 uncapped players, and features no players from Clermont, Toulon, Montpellier or Racing 92, the four teams involved in end-of-season Top 14 playoff finals.

France squad:

Forwards (15)

Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Begles), Lucas Pointud (Brive) Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), Remi Bonfils (Stade Francais), Clement Maynadier (Bordeaux-Begles), William Demotte (Agen), Julien Ledevedec (Bordeaux-Begles), Fabrice Metz (Oyonnax), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Begles), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Raphael Lakafia (Stade Francais), Kelian Galletier (Montpellier), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse)

Backs (13)

Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Begles), Sebastien Bezy (Toulouse), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Jonathan Danty (Stade Francais), Julien Rey (Bordeaux-Begles), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Remi Lamerat (Castres), Djibril Camara (Stade Francais), Xavier Mignot (Grenoble), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Geoffrey Palis (Castres), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Francais)

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