No room for Mathieu Bastareaud as new France head coach Guy Novés names maiden squad

A host of established players have been omitted from the 30-man panel

BY Cian Roche 17:39 Tuesday 29 December 2015, 17:39 29 Dec 2015

: Alastair Grant / AP/Press Association Images

Guy Novés included five newcomers to his first France squad as head coach, excluding a number of high profile players.

The 30-man panel released today, is his first since taking over Philippe Saint-André last month.

After a disappointing run at this year's World Cup, which included defeats against Ireland in the Pool stages and New Zealand in the knockout rounds, Novés has opted for a some fresh blood in his squad.

Mathieu Bastareaud, Noa Nakaitaci, Rory Kockott, and Sebastien Tillous-Borde have all been left out of the squad which convenes for a one-day training camp in Marcoussis on 4 January.

Among the newcomers hoping to impress ahead of next year's Six Nation's campaign are Paul Jedrasiak, Sébastien Bezy, Yacouba Camara, Jonathan Danty and Jefferson Poirot.

Sébastien Bezy is one newcomer hoping to impress in January, pictured here playing against Ulster. Image: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

François Trinh-Duc,  Hugo Bonneval and Jules Plisson have also been recalled to the panel.

France begin their Six Nations campaign at home to Italy on 6 February and will meet for a second training camp on 11 January.

The squad for that session will be named on 6 January.

France squad: Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Sébastien Bezy (Toulouse), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Français), Yacouba Camara (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Jonathan Danty (Stade Français), Alexandre Dumoulin (Racing 92), Benjamin Fall (Montpellier), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Loann Goujon (Bordeaux-Bègles), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Paul Jedrasiak (Clermont), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Rémy Lamerat (Castres), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92), Bernard le Roux (Racing 92), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Scott Spedding (Clermont), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont).


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