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France name squad for Autumn Internationals

France name squad for Autumn Internationals

France Women have announced a squad of 31 players for their upcoming Autumn internationals.

France will face South Africa on 6 November before taking on New Zealand twice on November 13 and November 20.

Les Bleues begin their Autumn schedule against South Africa, giving Annick Hayraud’s side a chance to face one of their group stage opponents in next year’s Rugby World Cup.

After the match at the Stade de la Rabine, the two Test matches against the Black Ferns represent a huge opportunity to see where the French squad is at in terms of their development against next year’s World Cup hosts.

The squad of the Women’s Six Nations runners-up contains eight players from Montpellier and eight players from Toulouse and will embark on a training camp on 24 October.

The battle for the starting scrum-half jersey will continue between Toulouse teammates Laure Sansus and Pauline Bourdon, with Sansus starting last time out against England.

France will be looking to replicate their famous 30-27 win over New Zealand in Grenoble in 2018 this November.

In that victory, their first over the Black Ferns, there was a starring role for Caroline Drouin, who scored 15 points for France, including one of the four tries.

Caroline Drouin France Sevens

She will be one to look out for in the upcoming Test matches against New Zealand as France look to make a statement before the 2022 Championship and the World Cup.

France squad for Autumn fixtures:

Julie Annery (Stade Français Paris), Cyrielle Banet (Montpellier), Rose Bernadou (Montpellier), Caroline Boujard (Montpellier), Pauline Bourdon (Toulouse), Lénaïg Corson (Stade Français Paris), Annaëlle Deshayes (Lyon Olympique Universitaire), Coumba Diallo (Stade Français Paris), Madoussou Fall (Stade Borderlais), Celine Ferer (Toulouse), Maëlle Filopon (Toulouse), Audrey Forlani (Blagnac Rugby), Emeline Gros (Montpellier), Gaëlle Hermet (Toulouse), Camille Imart (Toulouse), Clara Joyeux (Blagnac Rugby), Marjorie Mayans (Blagnac Rugby), Romane Ménager (Montpellier), Safi N’Diaye (Montpellier), Morgane Peyronnet (Montpellier), Laure Sansus (Toulouse), Agathe Sochat (Stade Bordelais), Caroline Thomas (ASM Romagnat Rugby), Laure Touye (Montpellier), Maïlys Dhia Traore (Toulouse), Jessy Tremouliere (ASM Romagnat Rugby), Gabrielle Vernier (Blagnac Rugby), Caroline Drouin (Stade Rennais Rugby), Chloé Jacquet (Lyon Olympique Universitaire), Carla Neisen (Blagnac Rugby), Léa Murie (Toulouse)

France fixtures:

6 November: France v South Africa – Stade de la Rabine

13 November: France v New Zealand – Stade du Hameau

20 November: France v New Zealand – Stade Pierre-Fabre