Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Raka left out of France Six Nations squad

Raka left out of France Six Nations squad

Included among the 19 uncapped players are those who helped France win the 2019 U20 World Championship in Argentina - Cameron Woki, Louis Carbonel, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Killian Geraci and Arthur Vincent have been named by Galthie in the squad.

"We focused on the strengths we had without exclusively focusing on England". He succeeds Guilhem Guirado, who retired from global rugby following the World Cup.

Captain Ollivon, the Toulon flanker, has 11 caps.

The young squad - with all but one under 30-year-old - means there is no room for experienced internationals such as Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Maxime Machenaud or Rabah Slimani. 'Our choices are balanced.

"It's an honour to be captain of the France team", Ollivon told AFP.

Galthie, who served as Jacques Brunel's assistant coach during France's run to the quarter-finals at last year's World Cup, has been promoted to the top role.

"It's a somewhat special moment, quite moving", he added.

France will host England in their first Six Nations match on the 3rd of next month.

Giving a nod to the future is therefore key for Galthie, with the most exciting young prospects in this squad being 20-year-old scrum-half Louis Carbonel, who plays for Toulon, and Bordeaux Begles' 21-year-old flanker Cameron Woki.

"We want to give these players the desire to become a great nation of rugby again", said Galthie. I look forward to starting this new adventure.

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