France leave out Kockott and Bastareaud

Date published: December 29 2015

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France head coach Guy Novès has named his first squad since being installed in the role, with 30 players included ahead of the Six Nations.

Rory Kockott, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Mathieu Bastareaud and Noa Nakaitaci are four players missing after France's dismal World Cup campaign.

François Trinh-Duc, Paul Jedrasiak, Sébastien Bezy, Yacouba Camara, Hugo Bonneval, Jonathan Danty and Jefferson Poirot are named by Novès.

The 30-man group will meet in Marcoussis for the day on January 4 before another squad is announced for a January 11 camp ahead of 2016's Six Nations, a tournament that will see France begin life without retired captain Thierry Dusautoir.

France's 30-man 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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