France head coach Fabien Galthie has named Toulon flanker Charles Ollivon as the captain for the upcoming Six Nations tournament that kicks-off on 1st February.
The 26-year-old will take over the reins from Guilhem Guirado, who announced his retirement from international rugby. Ollivon made his Test debut in 2014 and has gone on to play 11 Tests and was part of the recently concluded World Cup campaign in Japan.
“I will take advantage of every second because it is a great honour,” Ollivon told the FFR website.
“Fabien (Galthie) called me when I was at home. It was a special moment. I look forward to starting this new adventure.”
The 42-man squad named by Galthie has 19 uncapped players including Lyon lock Killian Geraci, Clermont Auvergne back-row forward Alexandre Fischer, plus backs Maxime Lucu, Louis Carbonel and Arthur Vincent.
France will kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a clash against England in Paris on 2nd February.
France Six Nations squad:
Forwards: Dorian Aldegheri (Toulouse), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Demba Bamba (Lyon), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Anthony Etrillard (Toulon), Jean-Baptiste (Toulon), Mohamed Haouas (Montpellier), Julien Marchand (Toulouse), Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Cyril Cazeaux (Bordeaux-Bègles), Killian Geraci (Lyon), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Boris Palu (Racing 92), Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), Paul Willemse (Montpellier), Grégory Alldritt (La Rochelle), Dylan Cretin (Lyon), François Cros (Toulouse), Alexandre Fischer ( Clermont Auvergne), Sekou Macalou (Stade Français) Charles Ollivon (Toulon, c) Selevasio Tolofua (Toulouse), Cameron Woki (Bordeaux-Bègles)
Backs: Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Maxime Lucu (Bordeaux-Bègles), Baptiste Serin (Toulon) Louis Carbonel (Toulon), Matthieu Jalibert ( Bordeaux-Bègles), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse), Gaël Fickou (Stade Français), Julien Heriteau (Toulon), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92), Arthur Vincent (Montpellier), Gervais Cordin (Toulon), Lester Etien (Stade Français), Gabriel Ngandebe (Montpellier), Damian Penaud (Clermont Auvergne), Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), Teddy Thomas (Racing 92), Anthony Bouthier (Montpellier), Kylan Hamdaoui (Stade Français), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse)