Danty in for Rugby World Cup debut - France name team to play Namibia

Danty in for Rugby World Cup debut - France name team to play Namibia

Inside-centre Jonathan Danty will make his Rugby World Cup debut in a much-changed French team as head coach Fabien Galthié announces the 23 players in his match-day squad to take on Namibia in Pool A at Stade de Marseille on Thursday, 21 September.

1 Cyril Baille
2 Peato Mauvaka
3 Uini Atonio
4 Cameron Woki
5 Thibaud Flament
6 François Cros
7 Charles Ollivon
8 Anthony Jelonch
9 Antoine Dupont (c)
10 Matthieu Jalibert
11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey
12 Jonathan Danty
13 Gaël Fickou
14 Damian Penaud
15 Thomas Ramos

16 Pierre Bourgarit
17 Reda Wardi
18 Dorian Aldegheri
19 Romain Taofifenua
20 Paul Boudehent
21 Baptiste Couilloud
22 Yoram Moefana
23 Melvyn Jaminet

  • Head coach Fabien Galthié has made 12 changes to his starting XV from the side that defeated Uruguay last match, with only Cameron Woki, Louis Bielle-Biarrey and Anthony Jelonch retaining their spot in the run-on team. 
  • Ten players who started against the All Blacks in the opening game of RWC 2023 return to the starting XV, including five in the back-line.
  • Jonathan Danty returns to the starting XV for the first time since scoring a try against the Wallabies on 27 August. He will make his RWC debut in his 24th career test. 
  • Damian Penaud is currently enjoying a five-game try-scoring streak, the longest of his career. He is France’s leading try scorer this season with nine, and is looking to become the first Frenchman to score 10 tries in a calendar year since Phillipe Saint-André scored 12 in 1995.
  • In his 19th test as captain, Antoine Dupont is yet to lose a match on home soil when leading the team, winning all 13 games. His only career loss as captain came against Ireland earlier this year in Dublin. 
  • Thomas Ramos is averaging 17 points per game in 2023, and has not missed more than two kicks at goal in a single test this season.

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