French coach Galthie calls up Jalibert and Ramos for Murrayfield

Marcoussis (France) (AFP) –


Exciting Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Matthieu Jalibert returns to the France team that takes on Scotland at Murrayfield in the Autumn Nations Cup, coach Fabien Galthie announced Friday.

The 22-year-old, whose only previous start came in the 15-13 defeat by Ireland in the 2018 Six Nations, takes over from Romain Ntamack who has a thigh injury.

Jalibert will link up with Antoine Dupont at half-back in a back line that also sees Thomas Ramos return at full-back for the injured Anthony Bouthier and Gael Fickou moving to centre to make way for Teddy Thomas on the wing.

Galthie has made eight changes in total from the side that beat Ireland 35-27 in the delayed closing Six Nations game at the end of October, including a total revamp of the front row and a first start for Lyon flanker Dylan Cretin, who has made four previous appearances from the bench.

Toulon's 21-year-old fly-half Louis Carbonel is named on the bench for the first time.

It will be Galthie's last chance to name a team without restriction, other than injury. A deal made with the Top 14 clubs means players can only make three appearances for Les Bleus during the autumn tests -- they have already played Wales, in a warm-up, and Ireland.

They are due to face Italy next week and then play a classification game in early December.

France's first match in the Autumn Nations Cup was cancelled because of coronavirus with the Fiji team.

Galthie's team head to Murrayfield on the back of four successive defeats there, including a 28-17 loss in the Six Nations in March. Their last win in Edinburgh was in 2014.

France team (15 to 1)

Thomas Ramos; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Jean-Baptiste Gros, Camille Chat, Demba Bamba, Bernard Le Roux, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt

Replacements: Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille, Mohamed Haouas, Paul Willemse, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Arhtur Vincent