Fabien Galthie's side win their first Grand Slam in 12 years
France Six Nations Squad 2022
France are 2022 Six Nations Grand Slam champions – their first championship title since 2010.
They beat England 25-13 in Paris to complete the clean sweep, with first-half tries from Gael Fickou and Francois Cros giving them an 18-6 lead at the break.
A Freddie Steward try early in the second half closed the gap but Antoine Dupont then went over for the hosts’ third try and France won the Grand Slam.
France team to play England – Saturday 19 March
Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (captain); Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willimse, Francois Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Mohamed Haouas, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin, Maxime Lucu, Thomas Ramos.
Wales 9-13 France
France kept their Grand Slam dream alive by beating Wales 13-9 in the fourth round of the Six Nations.
It was a tight contest in Cardiff and les Bleus will have been relieved to hold on for the victory. They scored an early try through Anthony Jelonch but afterwards it was their defence, rather than their attack, that was called into action more often.
They barely left their half in the second 40 minutes but withstood the Welsh pressure, with breakdown turnovers crucial in the closing stages.
Now they take on England in Paris next weekend with a first Slam in 12 years on the line.
France team to face Wales – Friday 11 March
Melvyn Jaminet; Yoram Moefana, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (captain); Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Mohamed Haouas, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin, Maxime Lucu, Thomas Ramos, Matthis Lebel.
Scotland 17-36 France
France remain on track for a Grand Slam after beating Scotland 36-17 in their third-round Six Nations match at BT Murrayfield.
They scored two early tries through Paul Willemse and Yoram Moefana before Rory Darge got one back for Scotland.
Gael Fickou and Jonathan Danty scored either side of half-time to wrap up the bonus point before Damian Penaud crossed for a brace in the final quarter.
France team to face Scotland – Saturday 26 February
Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Yoram Moefana; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (captain); Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin, Maxime Lucu, Thomas Ramos.
France 30-24 Ireland
In an highly entertaining match, Antoine Dupont scored a try in the first minute for France before Mack Hansen replied for Ireland shortly afterwards.
Melvyn Jaminet‘s kicks extended France’s lead to 22-7 before two quick-fire tries from Josh van der Flier and Jamison Gibson-Park, both converted by Joey Carbery, made it 22-21.
Cyril Baille crossed to give France a six-point cushion, Carbery closed the gap again with a penalty before Jaminet slotted a sixth penalty and France closed out the game. So it’s advantage France after a Six Nations spectacular.
France team to play Ireland – Saturday 12 February
Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Yoram Moefana, Gabin Villière; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willemse, François Cros, Anthony Jelonch, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifénua, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin, Maxime Lucu, Thomas Ramos.
France 37-10 Italy
France kicked off their 2022 Six Nations campaign with a 37-10 victory over Italy at the Stade de France.
A Gabin Villiere hat-trick proved crucial in breaking down a stubborn Italian side, who had scored the opening try of the match midway through the first half.
Back-rower Anthony Jelonch and winger Damian Penaud were France’s other try-scorers in Paris.
France team to play Italy – Sunday 6 February
Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villière; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Paul Willemse, Anthony Jelonch, Dylan Cretin, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifénua, François Cros, Maxime Lucu, Yoram Moefana, Thomas Ramos.
France Six Nations Squad 2022
Fabien Galthie has named seven uncapped players in his 2022 Six Nations squad but there are plenty of familiar faces involved too.
Prop Daniel Bibi Biziwu, locks Florian Verhaeghe and Florent Vanverberghe, flanker Yoan Tanga, fly-half Leo Berdeu and centres Jules Favre and Tani Vili could all win their first Test caps.
Meanwhile Antoine Dupont has been named in the side despite his recent injury. He is set to return for club Toulouse on Saturday and if cleared fit, he is likely to take on the France captaincy duties as Charles Ollivon is still out injured.
Teddy Thomas and Virimi Vakatawa are back in the side while Matthieu Jalibert has been left out due to injury.
France head into the Six Nations after a historic win over New Zealand which Galthie believes should give them hope for the tournament. He said: “This match against the All Blacks counts as one of the big victories. It gave us hope.
“Right now, we’re in a position to win a title and we wish, we want to win. It’s not an aim.”
Gregory Alldritt (23 March 1997/La Rochelle/Back-row/2019 v Wales/31)
Uini Atonio (26 Mar 1990/La Rochelle/Prop/2014 v Fiji/42)
Pierre-Henri Azagoh (25 Jul 1998/Stade Francais/Lock/2021 v Australia/2)
Cyril Baille (15 Sep 1993/Toulouse/Prop/2016 v Samoa/36)
Demba Bamba (17 Mar 1998/Lyon/Prop/2018 v Fiji/25)
Gaëtan Barlot (13 Apr 1997/Castres/Hooker/2021 v Australia/3)
Daniel Bibi Biziwu (29 Aug 2001/Clermont/Uncapped)
Dylan Cretin (4 Mar 1997/Lyon/Back-row/2020 v Wales/17)
François Cros (25 Mar 1994/Toulouse/Back-row/2019 v Scotland/16)
Ibrahim Diallo (23 Jan 1998/Racing/Back-row/2021 v Australia/1)
Thibaud Flament (29 Apr 1997/Toulouse/Lock/2021 v Argentina/7)
Jean-Baptiste Gros (29 May 1999/Toulon/Prop/2020 v Wales/19)
Mohamed Haouas (9 Mar 1994/Montpellier/2020 v England/15)
Anthony Jelonch (28 Jul 1996/Castres/Back-row/2017 v New Zealand/19)
Jordan Joseph (31 Jul 2000/Pau/Back-row/Uncapped)
Bernard Le Roux (4 Jun 1989/Racing 92/Back-row/2013 v New Zealand/47)
Peato Mauvaka (10 Jan 1997/Toulouse/Hooker/2019 v Scotland/14)
Julien Marchand (10 May 1995/Toulouse/Hooker/2018 v Fiji/21)
Dany Priso (2 Jan 1994/La Rochelle/Prop/2018 v Ireland/14)
Yoan Tanga (29 Nov 1996/Racing/Back-row/Uncapped)
Romain Taofifenua (13 Sep 1990/Toulon/Lock/2012 v Argentina/29)
Florent Vanverberghe (22 Jul 2000/Castres/Lock or No 8/Uncapped)
Florian Verhaeghe (27 Apr 1997/Montpellier/Lock/Uncapped)
Paul Willemse (13 Nov 1993/Montpellier/Lock/2019 v Wales/24)
Cameron Woki (7 November 1998/Bordeaux-Begles/Back-row/2020 v England/17)
Leo Berdeu (13 Jun 1998/Lyon/Fly-half or Full-back/Uncapped)
Anthony Bouthier (19 June 1992/Montpellier/Full-back/2020 v England/8)
Baptiste Couilloud (22 Jul 1997/Lyon/Scrum-half/2018 v Italy/8)
Jonathan Danty (7 Oct 1992/Stade Francias/Centre/2016 v Italy/15)
Brice Dulin (13 Apr 1990/La Rochelle/Full-back/2012 v Argentina/36)
Antoine Dupont (15 Nov 1996/Toulouse/Scrum-half/2017 v Italy/40)
Jules Favre (22 Mar 1999/La Rochelle/Centre/Uncapped)
Gael Fickou (26 Mar 1994/Racing 92/Centre/2013 v Scotland/72)
Antoine Hastoy (4 Jun 1997/Pau/Fly-half/2021 v Australia/1)
Melvyn Jaminet (30 Jun 1999/Perpignan/Full-back/2021 v Australia/11)
Matthis Lebel (25 Mar 1999/Toulouse/Wing or full-back/2021 v Georgia/2)
Maxime Lucu (12 Jan 1993/Bordeaux-Begles/Scrum-half/2021 v Argentina/7)
Yoram Moefana (18 Jul 2000/Bordeaux-Begles/Centre/2020 v Italy/5)
Romain Ntamack (1 May 1999/Toulouse/Fly-half/2019 v Wales/29)
Damian Penaud (25 Sep 1996/Clermont/Wing/2017 v South Africa/32)
Thomas Ramos (23 Jul 1995/Toulouse/Full-back/2019 v England/15)
Teddy Thomas (18 Sep 1993/Racing 92/Wing/2014 v Fiji/28)
Virimi Vakatawa (1 May 1992/Racing 92/Centre/2016 v Italy/30)
Tani Vili (31 Oct 2000/Clermont/Centre/Uncapped)
Gabin Villière (13 Dec 1995/Toulon/Wing/2020 v Italy/12)
France Six Nations Fixtures 2022
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sun 6 February, France 37-10 Italy Gabin Villiere hat-trick as France beat Italy
Sat 12 February, France 30-24 Ireland Advantage France after Six Nations spectacular
Sat 26 February, Scotland 17-36 France France remain on track for Grand Slam
Fri 11 March, Wales 9-13 France France keep Grand Slam dream alive with narrow win over Wales
Sat 19 March, France 25-13 England France win the Grand Slam
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