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‘100%’ Jelonch leads rejigged France

Anthony Jelonch insists he’s match after being named France captain for this week’s World Cup recreation with Uruguay lower than seven months after struggling a severe knee damage.

Jelonch, 27, made the final of his 25 Take a look at appearances in February when he ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament within the Six Nations victory over Scotland.

The Toulouse flanker is one in all 12 modifications made by head coach Fabien Galthie for Thursday’s recreation in Lille after final week’s tournament-opening win over New Zealand.

Jelonch takes over the captaincy from the rested Antoine Dupont. He beforehand led his nation through the three-match Take a look at sequence with Australia in 2021.

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“Initially, possibly I had doubts, however I all the time had this World Cup in thoughts,” Jelonch advised reporters. “I gave myself the means to be on the World Cup.

“To be again for this World Cup as captain is a big second of pleasure for me. I do know the knee’s holding up. I’m now at 100%,” he added.

Galthie has been compelled to vary his hooker with La Rochelle’s Pierre Bourgarit coming in for Jelonch’s membership team-mate Julien Marchand, who sustained a hamstring drawback towards the All Blacks on Friday.

“Now we have to digest the match from a couple of days in the past, which had been seemed ahead to for 3 years, and transfer on rapidly from that match,” Galthie advised reporters.

“It’s essentially the most suitable staff by way of freshness, motivation and partnerships,” he added.

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Solely centre Yoram Moefana, winger Gabin Villiere and lock Cameron Woki hold their locations for the fixture in Lille, a primary Take a look at match within the northern metropolis since 2018.

Galthie has determined towards recalling the fit-again Jonathan Danty with the ex-Take a look at skipper planning to maintain him contemporary for later within the match.

“We determined to put Yoram at 12 due to the dynamic we wish within the squad,” Galthie stated. “With the possible schedule throughout September and October, the choice to maintain Yoram appears extra coherent for Uruguay,” he added.

On the other wing to Villiere is 20-year-old Louis Bielle-Biarrey, who will change into France’s youngest participant at a World Cup.

On the bench, Galthie has picked Bastien Chalureau, whose inclusion within the squad brought on a serious controversy earlier than the match started.

The Montpellier lock has denied he’s racist and has appealed towards a 2020 conviction for a racially-motivated assault.

Prop Reda Wardi, lock Thibaud Flament, flanker Francois Cros and full-back Thomas Ramos drop to the bench from the beginning lineup.

After going through Los Teros, Les Bleus play Namibia on September 21 earlier than ending their Pool A marketing campaign towards Italy on 6 October.

France – 15 Melvyn Jaminet, 14 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 13 Arthur Vincent, 12 Yoram Moefana, 11 Gabin Villiere, 10 Antoine Hastoy, 9 Maxime Lucu, 8 Anthony Jelonch (c), 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Paul Boudehent, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Cameron Woki, 3 Dorian Aldegheri, 2 Pierre Bourgarit, 1 Jean-Baptiste Gros.
Subs: 16 Peato Mauvaka, 17 Reda Wardi, 18 Sipili Falatea, 19 Bastien Chalureau, 20 Thibaud Flament, 21 Francois Cros, 22 Baptiste Couilloud, 23 Thomas Ramos.

© Agence France-Presse

Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP



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