Serin leads France's national rugby team with eight newcomers as captain against Argentina

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Scrum-half Baptiste Serin will captain a newly formed France team of eight players without international experience in Saturday's rugby international against Argentina in Mendoza.

Without experienced players such as Antoine Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Gregory Alldritt and Gael Fickou, coach Fabien Galthie has made changes for the tests against the World Cup semi-finalists on July 6 and 13.

“A tour is a growth accelerator,” said Galthie.

“This is a big challenge for us and the players. Considering the circumstances and the decisions, they are currently the best team.”

Six new signings have made it into the starting eleven, two more are sitting on the substitute bench.

19-year-old full-back Theo Attissogbe from Pau and 29-year-old winger Lester Etien from Stade Francais have also made it into the selection, as has 28-year-old centre-forward Antoine Frisch from Toulon.

Also taking part are Oscar Jegou (21) from La Rochelle, Jordan Joseph (23) from Racing 92 and Hugo Auradou (20) from Pau.

Two other newcomers could also reach international level as substitutes: 23-year-old Mickael Guillard from Lyon's second row and 20-year-old flanker Lenni Nouchi from Montpellier.

Toulon's 44-time scrum-half Serin is the most experienced of the 42 players called up for the tour.

The 30-year-old has not worn the jersey since a 34-17 win over Fiji in the World Cup warm-up match in France last August.

His last start for France dates back to November 28, 2020 – a 36-5 win over Italy.

“He is the most experienced player,” said Galthie.

“He has had a very good season with his club. For us, he is an indispensable player in terms of his leadership qualities, his playing style and his experience.

“This allows the other players to concentrate on their performance. It really is a team that has almost no experience together.”

Judicael Cancoriet, 28, third row for La Rochelle, returns six years after his last of four appearances, a heavy defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Only 26-year-old mainstay Georges-Henri Colombe of La Rochelle and 21-year-old defender Leo Barre of Stade Francais, both of whom have two international caps each, played in France's last game, a 33-31 win over England in the Six Nations tournament.

“This is a great moment of personal development,” Galthie said.

“Previous tours in Australia and Japan have produced some top-class players. I'm willing to bet that in the coming years there will be five or six players in the top group. I'm sure we have some gems here.”

Galthie expects a “fighting” Argentina.

“It's a team that culturally has a fighting spirit. Very solid in the scrum phases, in the ruck phases… It's a very tough team.”

Team (15-1)

Leo Barre; Theo Attissogbe, Emilien Gailleton, Antoine Frisch, Lester Etien; Jean-Baptiste Serin; Oscar Jegou, Jordan Joseph, Judicael Cancoriet; Baptiste Pesenti, David Auradou; Georges-Henri Colombe, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros

Substitutes: Teddy Baubigny, Sebastien Taofifenua, Demba Bamba, Posolo Tuilagi, Mickael Guillard, Lenni Nouchi, Baptiste Couilloud, Melvyn Jaminet