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Ollivon handed captaincy of inexperience France team

8th January 2020, 19:29 by Chris Rivers

France coach Fabien Galthie has selected Charles Ollivon as his captain as part of a youthful squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

Galthie replaced Jacques Brunel after last year's World Cup and has clearly got one eye on building towards the 2023 edition of the tournament, which France will host, after naming a young and inexperienced squad for this year's northern hemisphere showpiece.

19 of the 42 players selected are uncapped and only one of them is over 30 with the likes of old stage hands Yoann Huget, Maxime Medard and Camille Lopez omitted from the party.

France have won the last two editions of the Under-20 World Cup and many of those who featured in their most recent triumphant, including fly-half Louis Carbonel, centre Arthur Vincent and flanker Cameron Woki, have got the nod for Galthie's first squad.

Toulon's Ollivon, who has only 11 caps to his name, has been named captain in the wake of previous skipper Guilhem Guirado retiring after the World Cup in Japan and Galthie wants the new man to lead by example as he seeks to establish Les Bleus as a force in world rugby once more.

"We want to give these players the desire to become a great rugby nation again," said Galthie.

"We needed strong players on board with our project, and Charles has the capacity to assume the skipper's responsibilities."

France begin their Six Nations campaign against England in 'Le Crunch' on 2 February at the Stade de France.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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