Noves picks Serin as his guy
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: France head coach Guy Noves has included the young scrumhalf Baptise Serin in his starting XV to face England in the Six Nations opener at Twickenham.
Serin will play in his first-ever Six Nations tournament.
The scrumhalf will be paired with Clermont playmaker, flyhalf Camille Lopez, while the trio of Scott Spedding, Virimi Vakatawa and Noa Nakaitaci will have the tough job of breaking through the difficult English defence at Twickenham.
The two centre positions comprised of Rémi Lamerat and Gaël Fickou, in the absence of injured Wesley Fofana.
Up front, No.8 Louis Picamoles and openside flank Kévin Gourdon, and Damien Chouly will form the back row, while in the lock position Sebastien Vahaamahina will team up with Yoann Maestri.
Finally, there are no surprises in the front row with Uini Atonio at tighthead, Cyril Baille, who were both convincing in November, and captain Guilhem Guirado in charge of things.
France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Rémi Lamerat, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kévin Gourdon, 6 Damien Chouly, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Cyril Baille
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Arthur Iturria, 20 Loann Goujon, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Yoann Huget, 23 Jean-Marc Doussain
Date: Saturday, February 4
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 16.50 (16.50 GMT; 17.50 CET)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
TMO: Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland)