France sum­mon Ol­livon for Novem­ber Tests

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rance coach Guy Noves called up Toulon flanker Charles Ol­livon to re­place the in­jured Bernard Le Roux in his 32-man squad an­nounced yes­ter­day for next month’s in­ter­na­tion­als.

Les Bleus play Samoa on Novem­ber 12, fol­lowed by Aus­tralia on Novem­ber 19 and the All Blacks a week later.

The 23-year-old twice capped Ol­livon’s in­clu­sion for next week’s train­ing camp at French rugby head­quar­ters at Mar­cous­sis was the only sur­prise in Noves’ short­list.

Ol­livon had been an in­tended par­tic­i­pant in a Septem­ber train­ing camp only to miss that with con­cus­sion.

“He has ma­jor qual­i­ties which in­ter­est us,” Noves told AFP. The France boss added: “We lost sight of him (last sea­son) when he wasn’t play­ing for Toulon, he’s for sure been pre­par­ing for this mo­ment in a very com­mit­ted man­ner. “And per­haps this year he’s tast­ing the fruits of his work, and be­ing in con­tact with high class play­ers at Toulon.

“He’s play­ing reg­u­larly, has shown lots of char­ac­ter, scores tries...even in very hard games you saw Charles Ol­livon.”

The only non-France based squad mem­ber in Noves’ squad is Louis Pi­camoles, who plays in the English Pre­mier­ship as No.8 for Northamp­ton.

France have won just three of seven in­ter­na­tion­als since Noves took over and fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing fifth in the Six Na­tions last sea­son.

FRANCE SQUAD BACKS

Se­bastien Bezy (Toulouse), Djib­ril Ca­mara (Stade Fran­cais), Jean-Marc Dous­sain (Toulouse), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Wes­ley Fofana (Cler­mont), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Remi Lam­erat (Cler­mont), Maxime Machenaud (Rac­ing 92), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Maxime Mer­moz (Toulon), Jules Plis­son (Stade FranÁais), Bap­tiste Serin (Bordeaux-Be­gles), Scott Sped­ding (Cler­mont), Fran­cois Trin­hDuc (Toulon), Vir­imi Vakatawa (un­at­tached).

Uini Ato­nio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Rac­ing 92), Camille Chat (Rac­ing 92), Damien Chouly (Cler­mont), Alexan­dre Flan­quart (Stade Fran­cais), Loann Gou­jon (Bordeaux-Be­gles), Kevin Gour­don (La Rochelle), Guil­hem Guirado (Toulon), Paul Je­drasiak (Cler­mont), Wences­las Lau­ret (Rac­ing 92), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Charles Ol­livon (Toulon), Louis Pi­camoles (Northamp­ton/ENG), Jef­fer­son Poirot (Bordeaux-Be­gles), Rabah Sli­mani (Stade Fran­cais), Se­bastien Va­haamahina (Cler­mont). — AFP

Charles Ol­livon

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