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Fabien Galthie's France call-up 14 players

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

France have called up a total of 14 players into their national camp following their victory over the Pumas in Paris last night.

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Second-half tries by debutant lock Thibaud Flament and hooker Peato Mauvaka and superb goalkicking by Melvyn Jaminet have helped France to a 29-20 victory over a battling Argentina in an intense rugby Test at Stade de France.

France were forced into some impressive defending in the last 15 minutes and though Carreras scored late on and another try was ruled “held up”, Jaminet’s fifth penalty glossed a deserved win.

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France next face Georgia ahead of their showdown with New Zealand, while Argentina, who have now lost seven in a row after their clean sweep of defeats in the Rugby Championship, play Italy.

The 14 new recruits to Fabien Galthie’s side have been released under the current agreement between the FFR and the LNR, to which is added additional change, ahead of their Autumn Nations Series match against Georgia this weekend. Lyon scrumhalf Baptiste Coilloud is replaced in the France group by Pau’s Clovis Le Bail, following a muscle problem in the calf.

FRENCH CALL-UPS:
Uini Atonio (Stade Rochelais, 37 Sélections)
Alexandre Becognee (Montpellier Herault Rugby, 1 Sélection)
Dylan Cretin (Lou Rugby, 13 Sélections)
Ibrahim Diallo (Racing 92, 1 Sélection)
Killian Geraci (Lou Rugby, 3 Sélections)
Dany Priso (Stade Rochelais, 14 Sélections)
Florian Verhaeghe (Montpellier Herault Rugby, 0 Sélection)
Pierre-louis Barassi (Lou Rugby, 3 Sélections)
Romain Buros (Union Bordeaux Bègles, 0 Sélection)
Brice Dulin (Stade Rochelais, 36 Sélections)
Yoram Moefana (Union Bordeaux Bègles, 2 Sélections)
Vincent Rattez (Montpellier Herault Rugby, 8 Sélections)
Donovan Taofifenua (Racing 92, 0 Sélection)
Tani Vili (Asm Clermont Auvergne, 0 Sélection)

– additional reporting AAP

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