SA French connection trebles

French coach Philipe Saint-Andre has included three South African-born players for the three-Test series against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

Racing Metro flank Bernard le Roux and Clermont prop Daniel Kotze join Antonie Claassen in a squad that includes eight new caps. Fijian-born Clermont winger Noa Nakaitaci is among the newcomers.

Saint-Andre has rested flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc, but included Toulon’s Frederic Michalak.

France play world champions New Zealand on June 8, 15 and 22 in Auckland, Hamilton and New Plymouth respectively.

French super club Toulon’s foreign dominance is showcased with the inclusion of just four French-eligible players in the backline and not one forward in the squad of 38.

Toulon play Clermont in the Heineken Cup final and are favourites to play Clermont in the Top 14 final.

Clermont have seven players in the squad.


Forwards : Eddy Ben Arous (Racing-Metro), Vincent Debaty (Clermont), Thomas Domingo (Clermont), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing-Metro), Luc Ducalcon (Clermont), Daniel Kotze (Clermont), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade Francais), Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), Christophe Samson (Castres), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Perpignan), Yannick Nyanga (Toulouse), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, captain), Bernard Le Roux (Racing-Metro), Antonie Claassen (Castres), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse).

Backs: Maxime Machenaud (Racing-Metro), Morgan Parra (Clermont), Frederic Michalak (Toulon), Camille Lopez (Bordeaux-Begles), Remi Tales (Castres), Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), Gael Fickou (Toulouse), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Florian Fritz (Toulouse), Maxime Mermoz (Toulon), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Noa Nakaitaci (Clermont), Alexis Palisson (Toulon), Adrien Plante (Perpignan), Brice Dulin (Castres), Yoann Huget (Toulouse)