October 19, 2021
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Vakatawa named in French squad

Powerhouse Fijian centre Virimi Vakatawa has been named in France's 42-member squad for the upcoming Autumn test matches against against Argentina, Georgia and New Zealand.

The 29-year-old Naluwai native from Naitasiri has been consistent for Racing 92 in the French Top 14 competition and his inclusion comes as no surprise.

Meanwhile, Coach Fabien Galthie has named nine uncapped players.

Bordeaux Begles prop Thierry Paiva is in contention for his first international cap alongside Thibaud Flament, Florent Vanverberghe and Florian Verhaeghe.

Clermont Auvergne centre Tani Vili and wingers Donovan Taofifenua and Matthis Lebel are among the new faces, while Bordeaux duo Maxime Lucu and Romain Buros round up the uncapped contingent.

France will host Argentina on November 6 in Paris and play Georgia on November 14 in Bordeaux.

They return to the Stade de France to take on New Zealand six days later.

France squad-

Backs: Romain Buros, Brice Dul in, Melvyn Jaminet, Thomas Ramos; Gabin Villiere, Damian Penaud, Matthis Lebel, Donovan Taofifenua; Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Yoram Moefana, Jonathan Danty, Tani Vili; Romain Ntamack, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Hastoy; Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Couilloud, Maxime Lucu

Forwards: Gregory Alldritt, Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Ibrahim Diallo; Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Killian Geraci, Florent Vanverberghe, Florian Verhaeghe; Demba Bamba, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Uini Atonio, Julian Marchand, Peato Mauvaka, Gaetan Barlot, Cyril Baille, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Thierry Paiva

By Romeka Romena  


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