Jalibert, Jaminet, Vakatawa and five Toulouse residents among the 42 Blues on tour in Japan

With the directors of Toulouse and La Rochelle at rest, coach Fabien Galthié has prepared a mixed selection, between managers, returnees and newcomers, for the two tests in July in Japan.

It is a real game of musical chairs that Fabien Galthié and his staff had to get for the 15th summer tour of France in Japan (test matches on July 2 and 9 in Tokyo and Nagoya). The goal? Designate 42 players. Disabilities? Dispense with the finalists of Castres (Barlot, Hounkpatin, Vanverberghe) and Montpellier (Haouas, A. Vincent, Bécognée, Rattez, Bouthier, not to mention Willemse, injured anyway).

But also of the majority of Tolosans and Rochelais who this season have given a lot for their country. Neither Dupont nor Ntamack, nor Julien Marchand, nor Cyril Baille, nor Jelonch nor Cros. Tomás Ramos resting. Like Rochelais Grégory Alldritt, Uini Atonio and Jonathan Danty. Brice Dulin should have been, but the back of the European champions still suffers from ribs. Racing 92 center-back Gaël Fickou, Bordeaux’s Cameron Woki and LOU second-line Romain Taofifenua (at his request regarding the latter) are also allowed to rest.

However, five Tolosans are present in this list: Aldegheri, Flament, Mauvaka, S. Tolofua and Lebel. To make up for these absences, the coach mixed. Some executives automatically registered, ghosts (Matthieu Jalibert, Charles Ollivon or Virimi Vakatawa). And many new things. Deciphered.

A handful of executives on the bridge

Package for the Six Nations Tournament, Matthieu Jalibert takes advantage of the exemption granted to Romain Ntamack, and the elimination of the UBB in the semifinals, to (re) take the opening. Damian Sheep, refused to be put to rest. At the end of a season plagued by injuries, the Clermont winger will be traveling. Like the back of Perpignan Melvyn Jaminet. We can locate the center of the UBB Yoram moefana on that list, he who started three of the five Grand Slam tricks last spring.

A pinch of ghosts

Carles Ollivon, after a year in the closet due to a serious knee injury, is finally back. As a captain or just a player? Galthié has not been decided yet. Virimi Vakatawa, out of shape for part of the season, will surely have playing time in Japan. Lluís Carbonel, surpassed by Ntamack, Jalibert, but also Hastoy, with the spirit of the tricolor squad, is offered the opportunity to shake the hierarchy. On the ghost side, we can also mention Pierre prostitutes Bourgarit (Rochelais Stadium) and Christopher Tolofua (RCT). Or the European champion pillar with the Stade Rochelais Dany Prison.

Regular doubles that have everything to gain

Antoine Dupont resting, Maxime Lucu (UBB) and Baptiste Couilloud (LOU) will have a card to play in a group where the absence of RC Toulon midfielder Baptiste Serin is evident. On the front line, the prostitute Peato mauvaka (Toulouse), the pillars Jean-Baptiste Great (RCT) and Demba Bamba (LOU), who usually come into play, will have a chance to get started. Among the regular members of the French group subscribed to the bench of substitutes or the five seats of reservists, we find the winger of Toulouse Matthis LebelLyon’s third-line Dylan Idiotel Sekou parisenc Macalouthe inaugurator of the Pau Antoine Section Hastoy

Many newcomers

17 unskilled players are on this list. Some were expected. Thus, the back of the Racing Max Spring or his young teammate Nolann El Garrec. At just 19, he established himself as the first half scrum of the Hauts-de-Seine club. Racing Yoan number 8 Tangathe promising Stade Rochelais Matthias winger Haddad or the talented RCT Aymeric rearguard Luke they were also announced.

Others are more unexpected. Like the second row Rémi Picquette (Stade Rochelais) or the number 8 of the UBB Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer. There are also four Pro D2 players. The pillar Thomas Laclayat and the young winger Enzo Reybier for Oyonnax; the Matis pillar Percaud (19) and the extreme Rémy baget by Rem Baiona.

Finally surprising with the presence of a player from Castres Olympique, but a finalist in the Top 14 next Friday (the blues will fly to Japan this Wednesday): the young center (or first) Louis Le Brun (20 years old, captain of the French National Team sub-20). With which the CO staff apparently does not count for the last act of the season …

The full list of 42 players

The 23 forwards

Pillars: Jean-Baptiste Gros (Touló, 22, 19 matches), Sipili Falatea (Clermont, 24, 2 matches), Dany Priso (La Rochelle, 27, 14 matches), Thomas Laclayat (Oyonnax / Pro D2, 24 years, 0 sel.), Dorian Aldegheri (Toulouse, 28 years, 8 sel.), Demba Bamba (Lyon, 23 years, 23 sel.), Matis Perchaud (Bayonne / Pro D2, 19 years, 0 sel.)

Hookers: Pierre Bourgarit (La Rochelle, 24, 5 sel.), Christopher Tolofua (Toulon, 28, 7 sel.), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse, 25, 14 sel.)

Second lines: Thomas Lavault (La Rochelle, 22, 0 matches), Thibaud Flament (Toulouse, 24, 7 matches), Thomas Jolmes (Bordeaux-Bègles, 26, 0 matches), Rémi Picquette (La Rochelle, 27, 0 matches) , Swan Rebbadj (Touló, 27 years, 3 matches)

Third line: Dylan Cretin (Lyon, 24, 18 matches), Charles Ollivon (Touló, 29, 23 matches), Sekou Macalou (Stade français, 26, 6 matches), Yoan Tanga (Racing 92, 25 years, 0 sel.) , Ibrahim Diallo (Racing 92, 23 years, 1 sel.), Matthias Haddad (La Rochelle, 21 years, 0 sel.) Selevasio Tolofua (Toulouse, 25 years, 1 sel.), Bastien Vergnes- Taillefer (Bordeaux -Bègles, 25 years, 0 sel.)

The 19 backs

Scrum: Baptiste Couilloud (Lyon, 24, 6 games), Nolann Le Garrec (Racing 92, 20, 0 games), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles, 29, 7 games)

Half fly: Antoine Hastoy (Pau, 24, 1 chap.), Louis Carbonel (Touló, 23, 5 chap.), Matthieu Jalibert (Bordeaux-Bègles, 23, 15 chap.), Louis Lebrun (Castres, 20 years, 0 sel.)

Centers: Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92, 29, 30 matches), Tani Vili (Clermont, 21, 0 matches), Yoram Moefana (Bordeaux-Bègles, 21, 6 matches)

Wings: Damian Penaud (Clermont, 25, 32 games), Matthis Lebel (Toulouse, 22, 2 games), Jules Favre (La Rochelle, 22, 0 games), Rémy Baget (Bayonne / Pro D2, 24 years, 0 games) . ), Enzo Reybier (Oyonnax / Pro D2, 20 years, 0 heads)

Back: Max Spring (Racing 92, 21, 0 matches), Melvyn Jaminet (Perpignan, 22, 11 matches), Romain Buros (Bordeaux-Bègles, 24, 0 matches), Aymeric Luc (Touló, 24 years, 0 sel.) .

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