France call on future star Fickou
October 16, 2012
Gael Fickou could line up for France in the November Tests © PA Photos
France have called up 18-year-old Toulouse centre Gael Fickou ahead of the November Tests.
Fickou starred against Leicester on Sunday scoring a sensational individual effort in the first-half. He is joined in the 33-man squad by fellow 18-year-old Toulouse prospect Christopher Tolofua who made his debut for Les Bleus on their summer tour of Argentina.
Alongside Fickou, the other uncapped players to get the nod are: Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Pierrick Gunther (Toulon), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais) and Vincent Martin (Toulon).
The squad will be captained by Thierry Dusautoir with Pascal Pape acting as his deputy. While there are a host of new faces in the team, Aurelien Rougerie and Toulouse's Clement Poitrenaud both miss out.
"We were very happy the three centres we took to Argentina this summer," France coach Philippe Saint-Andre explained in L'Equipe. "Aurelien just returned and has not played a lot of matches with Clermont."
France will open their autumn Test campaign against Australia on November 10 and will then host Argentina in Lille a week later. Their three-Test line-up will be completed by Samoa who will play Saint-Andre's side in the Stade de France on November 24.
Forwards: Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), David Attoub (Stade Francais), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont Auvergne), Thomas Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), Yannick Forestier (Castres), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro), Christopher Tolofua (Toulouse), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont Auvergne), Pascal Papé (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Jocelino Suta (Toulon), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse), Wenceslas Lauret (Biarritz), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Damien Chouly (Clermont Auvergne), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse), Pierrick Gunther (Toulon)
Backs: Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne), Maxime Machenaud (Racing Metro), Frédéric Michalak (Toulon), François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Jules Plisson (Stade Francais), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Wesley Fofana (Clermont Auvergne), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Gaël Fickou (Toulouse), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Benjamin Fall (Racing Metro), Brice Dulin (Castres), Vincent Martin (Toulon)
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