Vakatawa in new-look France side

France and Italy ready to face off

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France and Italy ready to face off

Sevens specialist Virimi Vakatawa is one of four uncapped players in the France squad to face Italy in Paris in Saturday’s opening Six Nations match.

The 23-year-old wing has not played any 15-man rugby since 2013.

Sebastien Bezy also makes his debut at scrum-half, with Morgan Parra and Francois Trinh-Duc not match fit.

Lock Paul Jedrasiak and centre Jonathan Dantyare the other uncapped men chosen by new coach Guy Noves, who replaced Philippe Saint-Andre last year.

France team: Maxime Medard; Hugo Bonneval, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Virimi Vakatawa; Jules Plisson, Sebastien Bezy; Louis Picamoles, Damien Chouly, Wenceslas Lauret; Yoann Maestri, Paul Jedrasiak; Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Eddy Ben Arous.

Replacements: Camille Chat, Uini Atonio, Jefferson Poirot, Alexandre Flanquart, Yacouba Camara, Maxime Machenaud, Jean-Marc Doussain, Maxime Mermoz

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