France include Vakatawa and Doussain in Six Nations squad

Virimi Vakatawa could make his Test debut in the Six Nations Francois Nel/Getty Images

France coach Guy Noves has included Virimi Vakatawa and Jean-Marc Doussain in their squad for the Six Nations but there is no place for Mathieu Bastareaud in the 31-man party.

Doussain last played for Les Bleus in the 2014 Six Nations while Vakatawa has impressed in France's Sevens squad and will make his Test debut if called on in the forthcoming championship.

Bastareaud is left out, however, while Rory Kockott, Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Noa Nakaitaci also miss out after making the cut for the World Cup.

A further seven uncapped players are included alongside Vakatawa with forwards Camille Chat, Jefferson Poirot, Yacouba Camara, Kevin Gourdon and Paul Jedrasiak included along with Sebastien Bezy and Jonathan Danty.

"We tried to prepare a France group that, for the most part, will go along with us over the next four years," Noves said. "Hopefully we will be able to please the fans. The players need to be aware that we represent France."

France squad:


Uini Atonio, Eddy Ben Arous, Antoine Burban, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Damien Chouly, Alexandre Flanquart, Kevin Gourdon, Guilhem Guirado (captain), Paul Jedrasiak, Wenceslas Lauret, Yoann Maestri, Louis Picamoles, Jefferson Poirot, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina


Sebastien Bezy, Hugo Bonneval, Jonathan Danty, Jean-Marc Doussain, Alexandre Dumoulin, Benjamin Fall, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Remi Lamerat, Maxime Machenaud, Maxime Medard, Morgan Parra, Jules Plisson, Scott Spedding, Virimi Vakatawa