PARIS (NWN) – France coach Fabian Galthy made his Test debut on Thursday to lock down Thibaud Flament for Saturday’s home match against Argentina.
Flamant, 24, earns his reward after a strong showing for Toulouse and overpowers Paul Willems’ partners in the second row.
Standout scrum-half Antoine Dupont captains the side in the absence of Charles Olivone and starts in the half with Matthew Jalibert.
Schrumhaf Maxim Luku could make his Test debut after being named in reserve.
Argentina coach Mario Ledesma made eight changes from a team that lost 32-17 to Australia In the last match of a disappointing Rugby Championship campaign.
Pumas captain Julian Montoya and penalty kicker Emiliano Boffelli were among the seven players to remain in their place.
Ledesma left Stade Française flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez on the bench as he cares for a sore throat and chose Santiago Carreras instead.
He was joined in the half by Tomas Cubelli, who had missed the Rugby Championship due to a hand injury.
Prop Thomas Gallo and left winger Matteo Carreras – who is Santiago’s brother – started their first test.
France: Melvin Jaminette, Damien Penaud, Gael Ficou, Romain Nutmac, Gabin Villiere, Mathieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont (captain); Anthony Zelonch, Cameron Vokey, Francois Croce, Paul Willems, Thibaud Flamant, Mohamed Haus, Julian Marchand, Cyril Bell. Reserves: Pieto Mouwaca, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Gregory Aldritt, Seiko Macaloo, Maxim Luku, Jonathan Danti.
Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matteo Carreras, Santiago Carreras, Tomas Cubelli; Faisundo Isa, Marcos Kramer, Pablo Matera; Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti; Francisco Gómez Codela, Julian Montoya (Captain), Thomas Gallo. Reserves: Faasundo Bosch, Rodrigo Martínez, Santiago Medrano, Lucas Paulos, Juan Martín González, Gonzalo Bertrano, Nicolas Sanchez, Lucio Cinti.
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