France pick Plisson for SA tour

France coach Guy Novès has recalled flyhalf Jules Plisson for the Test series against the Springboks in June.

Plisson has 13 Test caps, the last of which came in Argentina last June.

There are four new caps in the squad – La Rochelle prop Mohamed Boughanmi (25), Clermont centre Damian Penaud (20), Castres flank Anthony Jelonch (20) and La Rochelle winger Vincent Rattez (25).

France’s squad will arrive in South Africa in two groups, the first on Sunday and the second after next Sunday’s Top 14 final between Toulon and Clermont.

France squad:

Forwards – Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Mohamed Boughanmi (La Rochelle), Yacouba Camara (Toulouse/Montpellier), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Xavier Chiocci (Toulon), Goujon (Bordeaux-Bègles), Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle), Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), Arthur Iturria (Clermont), Anthony Jelonch (Castres), Julien Le Devedec (Brive), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Clement Maynadier (Bordeaux-Bègles), Louis Picamoles (Northampton/ENG), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Stade Français/Clermont), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon).

Backs – Djibril Camara (Stade Français), Henry Chavancy (Racing 92), Jonathan Danty (Stade Français), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Brice Dulin (Racing 92), Antoine Dupont (Castres), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Camille Lopez (Clermont), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Damian Penaud (Clermont), Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), Baptiste Serin (Bordeaux-Bègles), Scott Spedding (Clermont), Virimi Vakatawa (FFR).

Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

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