France head coach Fabien Galthié has named his 23-man match-day squad for Friday's Pool A game against Italy in Lyon as Maxime Lucu starts at scrum-half in place of injured captain Antoine Dupont, Grégory Alldritt returns to the starting back-row as Francois Cros moves to the bench, and Louis Bielle-Biarrey again gets the nod over Gabin Villiere on the left wing.

1 Cyril Baille 
2 Peato Mauvaka 
3 Uini Atonio 
4 Cameron Woki 
5 Thibaud Flament 
6 Anthony Jelonch 
7 Charles Ollivon (c)
8 Grégory Alldritt 
9 Maxime Lucu 
10 Matthieu Jalibert 
11 Louis Bielle-Biarrey 
12 Jonathan Danty 
13 Gael Fickou 
14 Damian Penaud 
15 Thomas Ramos 

16 Pierre Bourgarit 
17 Reda Wardi 
18 Dorian Aldegheri 
19 Romain Taofifenua 
20 Francois Cros 
21 Baptiste Couilloud 
22 Yoram Moefana 
23 Melvyn Jaminet 

  • Charles Ollivon will captain the team from the start for the first time since November 2022 against Japan in Toulouse, and the 14th time in his career. 
  • This will be only the third time since Antoine Dupont made his international debut in 2017 that France have played against Italy without him. He missed their 34-17 victory in 2018 in Marseille and 36-5 victory in Paris in November 2020.
  • Matthieu Jalibert has been named at fly-half after scoring the match winning try against Italy in February in the Six Nations as a replacement. He partners Maxime Lucu in the halves for the first time since their two-test tour of Japan in July 2022. 
  • Damian Penaud has scored the most tries of any player in 2023 so far with 12. He is currently enjoying a six-game try-scoring streak, the longest of his career. He is France’s third all-time leading try-scorer with 33 Only Serge Blanco (38) and Vincent Clerc (34) have scored more.
  • Louis Bielle-Biarrey has scored four tries in five tests for France after making his debut against Scotland in Edinburgh this year.