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French squad for November Internationals


France head coach Guy Novès has announced a 32-man squad, which includes Charles Ollivon, in preparation for their November internationals.


Ollivon comes in after impressing for Toulon and joins the likes of Louis Picamoles, Loann Goujon and Damien Chouly as back-row options.

At fly-half François Trinh-Duc and Jules Plisson are included while Baptiste Serin, Sébastien Bézy and Maxime Machenaud will battle it out for the scrum-half jersey, with Jean-Marc Doussain able to cover both positions.

France take on Samoa (November 12), Australia (November 19) and New Zealand (November 26) in what are tough fixtures for Novès’ men.

France’s 32-man squad

Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Sébastien Bézy (Toulouse), Djibril Camara (Stade Français), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Bègles), Kévin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Rémi Lamerat (Clermont), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Louis Picamoles (Northampton), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Scott Spedding (Clermont), François Trinh-Duc (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont)

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  1. Kockott is still better than the above 9’s… my biggest bug-bear when it comes to HM on top of Frans Steyn…

  2. @bryce_in_oz: In fairness to HM, I don’t think Frans Steyn was his fault. He picked him until Steyn walked out of a Bok camp the week of a Test, I think that made SARU force HM not pick him again, as the walk out was all about promises made by SARU not kept by them. Nothing to do with HM, sources in the camp at the time said Frans had HM’s support over the issue.

  3. @Aldo:

    Agreed… once you cross SARU and show them up you’re lost to South African rugby…

    I do however also hold HM accountable for allowing OS players in the squad… I said it back then (with a list I was updating weekly)… that this would open the flood-gates of player drain and have a negative effect on our SR and test teams. Obviously that’s not the entire reason but certainly a considerable factor…

  4. @bryce_in_oz:

    So true. Just looking at the current situation, we have the squad busy training with a new defense coach and a new back line coach. Lots of different ideas will be thrown around and structures established.

    Almost half of the team (overseas based) will only show up in the week leading up to the England test, with none of this build-up. How on earth can that be good for the team working towards facing England? Whoever thought this was an ideal situation is an absolute idiot.

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