Six Nations 2019: France places religion in teen Romain Ntamack over Mathieu Bastareaud, axed former captain | Different Sports activities


Uncapped teen Romain Ntamack has gotten the nod over Mathieu Bastareaud, who captained France final 12 months, as Les Bleus get set for his or her Six Nations opener Friday towards Wales.

Not solely will Bastareaud, a middle, miss out on a spot within the beginning lineup, however he will not be on the bench at Stade de France both.

Coach Jacques Brunel has put his religion within the 19-year-old Ntamack, whose father, Emile, gained 46 caps for Les Bleus, to tackle Warren Gatland’s aspect after some eye-catching shows for Toulouse and France’s Beneath-20s.

Ntamack — the youngest participant on any of this 12 months’s Six Nations squads — will likely be paired with Wesley Fofana, whereas South Africa-born lock Paul Willemse additionally will make his debut in Paris.

Brunel has reunited skilled scrum-half Morgan Parra and fly-half Camille Lopez for the beginning of the match.

Promising pop Demba Bamba, who made his worldwide debut towards Fiji final November, has solely been named among the many replacements.

France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Wesley Fofana, Romain Ntamack, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Morgan Parra; Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Uini Atonio, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Willemse, Wenceslas Lauret, Arthur Iturria, Louis Picamoles.

Replacements: Julien Marchand, Dany Priso, Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Gregory Alldritt, Baptiste Serin, Gaël Fickou, Geoffrey Doumayrou.

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