Baptiste Serin to lead France against Italy

Baptiste Serin will captain France for first time
Baptiste Serin will captain France for first time

France head coach Fabien Galthie has made 13 changes for the third round of the Autumn Nations Cup game against Italy to be played in Paris on Saturday.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert and wing Teddy Thomas are the only players to have retained their place from the win over Scotland.

Brice Dulin makes a comeback into the team for the first time in three years while Gabin Villière will make his debut for the Les Bleus. Jean-Pascal Barraque will also play for France for the first time and is positioned at outside centre with Jonathan Danty at inside.

The other debutants for France in the fixture includes second row combination of Baptiste Pesenti and Kilian Geraci along with Rodrigue Neti at loosehead prop.

Anthony Jelonch, Sekou Macalou and Cameron Woki will be part of the back-row while Baptiste Serin, who will captain the side for the first time starts at scrum-half with Jalibert at fly-half.

France starting XV: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Jean-Pascal Barraque, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Gabin Villière, 10 Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Baptiste Serin (c), 8 Anthony Jelonch, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Baptiste Pesenti, 4 Kilian Geraci, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Rodrigue Neti

Reserves: 16 Teddy Baubigny, 17 Hassane Kolingar, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Cyril Cazeaux, 20 Swan Rebbadj, 21 Baptiste Couilloud, 22 Louis Carbonel, 23 Yoram Moefana

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