France team named to face Boks in Marseille
The only changes to the side that edged Australia last weekend are on the bench.
Jonathan Danty has been included in the France team to face the Boks on Saturday, despite missing training this week. Picture: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images
Centre Jonathan Danty has been named to start France’s Autumn Nations Series Test with South Africa this weekend despite missing training to be with his partner and new-born child, head coach Fabien Galthie said on Thursday.
Danty became a father on Sunday for the first time and keeps his place in the team for Saturday’s game in Marseille.
He will return to the set-up on Friday in time for a final light session at the Stade Velodrome.
“He made the decision to join us for the team run tomorrow and play in the event which is a match against the world champions,” Galthie said.
“For the gameplan and training, we sent him the documents.
“As you know, we keep things simple for big games,” he added.
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The only changes from last weekend’s narrow win over Australia for next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts are on the bench as uncapped pair Bastien Chalureau and Reda Wardi come in for Killian Geraci and Dany Priso.
Thomas Ramos; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Yoram Moefana; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (capt); Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon, Anthony Jelonch; Thibaud Flament, Cameron Woki; Uini Atonio, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille. Bench: Peato Mauvaka, Reda Wardi, Sipili Falatea, Romain Taofifenua, Bastien Chalureau, Sekou Macalou, Maxime Lucu, Matthieu Jalibert