France: Antoine Dupont picked in Six Nations squad ahead of Italy clash

Date published: January 18 2022 - Planet Rugby

France have announced a 46-player squad that includes Antoine Dupont but Matthieu Jalibert is absent as they ramp up their Six Nations preparations.

It had been expected that the fly-half would recover in time to make the cut, but the Bordeaux-Begles playmaker is missing from Les Bleus’ expanded group.

Dupont headlines the squad and is joined by the likes of fellow backs Gaël Fickou, Melvyn Jaminet, Romain Ntamack, Damian Penaud and Virimi Vakatawa.

The pack also boasts a healthy look as Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille and Demba Bamba are among the props while Grégory Alldritt, François Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Sekou Macalou and the versatile Cameron Woki are excellent back-row options. Absent for France due to injury, however, is the outstanding Charles Ollivon.

There’s seven uncapped players named in the group as prop Daniel Bibi Biziwu, second-rows Florian Verhaeghe and Florent Vanverberghe and flanker Yoan Tanga are in the forward mix, while fly-half Leo Berdeu and centres Jules Favre and Tani Vili are the backline inclusions announced by head coach Galthie.

France kick off their Six Nations campaign at home to Italy on Sunday, February 6 and host Ireland the following weekend as they push for the silverware.

France training squad ahead of Six Nations

Forwards: Grégory Alldritt, Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille, Demba Bamba, Gaëtan Barlot, Biziwu Daniel Bibi, Dylan Cretin, François Cros, Ibrahim Diallo, Thibaud Flament, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Mohamed Haouas, Anthony Jelonch, Bernard Le Roux, Sekou Macalou, Julien Marchand, Peato Mauvaka, Yoan Tanga, Romain Taofifenua, Florent Vanverberghe, Florian Verhaeghe, Paul Willemse, Cameron Woki

Backs: Léo Berdeu, Baptiste Couilloud, Jonathan Danty, Brice Dulin, Antoine Dupont, Jules Favre, Gaël Fickou, Antoine Hastoy, Melvyn Jaminet, Matthis Lebel, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana, Romain Ntamack, Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos, Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Tani Vili, Gabin Villiere