Charles Ollivon to lead France in Six Nations

Date published: January 8 2020

France coach Fabien Galthie has named a 42-man squad for this year’s Six Nations and appointed Toulon back-row Charles Ollivon as the team’s new captain.

Ollivon’s first match in charge will be against England at the Stade de France on February 2.

The 26-year-old, whose appointment was announced by the French Rugby Federation, takes over from veteran hooker Guilhem Guirado, who has retired from Test rugby.

“I will take advantage of every second because it is a great honour,” Ollivon told the FFR website.

“Fabien (Galthie) called me when I was at home. It was a special moment. I look forward to starting this new adventure.”

Galthie has named 19 uncapped players in his squad and Les Bleus begin their preparation for the tournament in Nice on January 19.

The list of international rookies includes Lyon lock Killian Geraci, Clermont Auvergne back-row forward Alexandre Fischer, plus backs Maxime Lucu, Louis Carbonel and Arthur Vincent.

And among a number of established names to miss out are wing Yoann Huget, fly-half Camille Lopez, scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, prop Ribah Slimani and flanker Wenceslas Lauret.

France Six Nations squad:

Forwards: Dorian Aldegheri (Toulouse), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Demba Bamba (Lyon), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Anthony Etrillard (Toulon), Jean-Baptiste (Toulon), Mohamed Haouas (Montpellier), Julien Marchand (Toulouse), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Cyril Cazeaux (Bordeaux-Bègles), Killian Geraci (Lyon), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Boris Palu (Racing 92), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Paul Willemse (Montpellier), Grégory Alldritt (La Rochelle), Dylan Cretin (Lyon), François Cros (Toulouse), Alexandre Fischer ( Clermont Auvergne), Sekou Macalou (Stade Français) Charles Ollivon (Toulon, c) Selevasio Tolofua (Toulouse), Cameron Woki (Bordeaux-Bègles)

Backs: Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles), Baptiste Serin (Toulon) Louis Carbonel (Toulon), Matthieu Jalibert ( Bordeaux-Bègles), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse), Gaël Fickou (Stade Français), Julien Heriteau (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92), Arthur Vincent (Montpellier), Gervais Cordin (Toulon), Lester Etien (Stade Français), Gabriel Ngandebe (Montpellier), Damian Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), Teddy Thomas (Racing 92), Anthony Bouthier (Montpellier), Kylan Hamdaoui (Stade Français), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse)