<
>

Fabien Galthie names two uncapped players in first Six Nations squad

Anthony Bouthier (pictured) and Mohamed Haouas are the two uncapped players to start for France in their Six Nations opener against England. Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

New France coach Fabien Galthie has named two uncapped players -- Anthony Bouthier and Mohamed Haouas -- for France's Six Nations opening game against England on Sunday.

Galthie has largely trusted the more experienced players on his side with Bouthier and Haouas the only two of 19 uncapped players in the squad to start.

- ESPN Fantasy Rugby is back! Click here to pick your team!

Racing 92's Boris Palu and Bordeaux-B├Ęgles' Cameron Woki could make their Test debuts also if they are called off the bench.

First-time captain Charles Ollivon will line out in the back row beside Gregory Alldritt and Francois Cros.

Winger Teddy Thomas and lock Paul Willemse both return after not playing for France in the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The average age of Galthie's squad is just 24 while the average number of caps between the players is as low as 15.

France team to face England:

Anthony Bouthier, Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Damian Penaud, Romain Ntamack, Anthony Dupont; Gregory Alldritt, Charles Ollivon, Francois Cros, Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Mohamed Haouas, Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille

Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Jefferson Poirot, Demba Bamba, Boris Palu, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Serin, Matthieu Jalibert, Vincent Rattez