Six Nations

Nakaitaci set for debut

2015-01-15 19:32
Noa Nakaitaci. (file, Getty Images)

Paris - France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has included uncapped winger Noa Nakaitaci in a large 31-man squad for a week-long training camp ahead of the Six Nations championship.

The 24-year-old Nakaitaci, who also can play at centre, has been in good form this season for Clermont, which is top of the elite Top 14 league.

The Fiji-born Nakaitaci was part of France's tour to New Zealand in 2013 but did not play.

Prop Eddy Ben Arous, who won his only France cap on that tour, and Castres centre Remi Lamerat, who has three caps, were also selected for the training camp to be held in southern France from 25 - 31 January.

France, which finished fourth last year and last in 2013, opens its Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Stade de France on 7 February and travels to Ireland the following week. It then hosts Wales before traveling to play Italy and ending with a potentially title-deciding clash against England at Twickenham on 21 March.

Saint-Andre has been rebuilding his squad over the past 18 months with a view to the World Cup later this year. He left out vastly experienced players, such as scrumhalf Morgan Parra, centre Maxime Mermoz and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski - who were all part of the France squad that reached the 2011 World Cup final, losing 8-7 to host New Zealand.


Forwards: Uini Antonio, Eddy Ben Arous, Nicolas Mas, Alexandre Menini, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Benjamin Kayser, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape, Romain Taofifenua, Damien Chouly, Thierry Dusautoir, Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga, Charles Ollivon, Louis Picamoles.

Backs: Rory Kockott, Sebastien Tillous-Borde, Camille Lopez, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Alexandre Dumoulin, Wesley Fofana, Remi Lamerat, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Noa Nakaitaci, Teddy Thomas, Brice Dulin, Scott Spedding.

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