Four rookies in France squad

Date published: January 6 2014

France head coach Philippe Saint-André has named a 30-man training squad ahead of the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has named a 30-man training squad ahead of the 2014 Six Nations Championship.

Three of the four uncapped players named in the group are from Stade Français: fly-half Jules Plisson, full-back Hugo Bonneval and flank Antoine Burban.

Castres full-back Geoffrey Palis is also called up for the first time.

Plisson's selection is significant as he is named ahead of both Frédéric Michalak and François Trinh-Duc.

Fulgence Ouedraogo, Morgan Parra, Camille Lopez and Florian Fritz are notable injury absentees.

The group will assemble for a three-day training camp at Canet-en-Roussillon on the French south coast, instead of French headquarters Marcoussis, with the aim of profiting from better weather conditions.

The squad will be trimmed to 23 players on January 22 before heading back to the outskirts of Paris to prepare for the Six Nations opener against England a week later.

Forwards: Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Métro), Nicolas Mas (Montpellier), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Français), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Pascal Papé (Stade Français), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Métro), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Damien Chouly (Clermont), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Métro), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Rémi Talès (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Sofiane Guitoune (Perpignan), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Geoffrey Palis (Castres), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Français), Brice Dulin (Castres).