Two rookies in France training squad

06th Sep 2013, 11:42

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New face: Sofiane Guitoune

New face: Sofiane Guitoune

France have named uncapped Perpignan back Sofiane Guitoune and Stade Français prop Rabah Slimani in a 30-man squad.

France coach Philippe Saint-André has named uncapped Perpignan back Sofiane Guitoune and Stade Français prop Rabah Slimani in a 30-man training squad.

The group will assemble at French headquarters at Marcoussis outside Paris for a three-day camp from 22 to 25 September in preparation for the November internationals, when les Bleus will face New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa.

One notable absentee is Montpellier fly-half François Trinh-Duc, who was also left out of the squad the toured New Zealand in June. Castres pivot Rémi Talès and Perpignan's Camille Lopez are preferred instead.

Veteran lock Pascal Papé makes his return after having recently recovered from a back injury suffered in February.

France:

Forwards: Vincent Debaty, Thomas Domingo, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé, Sébastien Vahaamahina, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Louis Picamoles, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir, Bernard Le Roux.

Backs: Jean-Marc Doussain, Maxime Machenaud, Morgan Parra, Camille Lopez, Rémi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Gaël Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Maxime Mermoz, Maxime Médard, Sofiane Guitoune, Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget.