The French Rugby Federation said on Tuesday that Charles Ollivon in the back row will be the captain of France on his two Japan tours next month.

Olivon was replaced by flanker Antoine Dupont and scrum-half Antoine Dupont as Les Bruce skippers after Turon’s forward suffered a knee injury in June 2021.

The 29-year-old played an important role in his side in the European Challenge Cup final last month, leading the barbarians to a compelling victory over England on Sunday.

After Fabian Garchy was appointed head coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he replaced Guillem as captain of France.

“There was no debate about his nomination,” French set-piece coach Karim Ghezzal told reporters.

“He has returned very well in the club and has many aspirations.

“He was a barbarian captain, he is in the best condition,” he added.

Jelonch took over the defeat of the 2-1 Series in Australia last July.

DuPont led the country to defeat New Zealand last November and win the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year.

Alongside fellow first-choice players such as Romain Ntamack of Flyhalf and Gael Fickou of the Center, DuPont was rested by Garcy for the next match.

Garcy’s team includes 17 uncapped players and four from the second tier Pro D2, omitting the top 14 finalists of Castor and Montpellier on Friday in Paris.

France will fly to Japan later this week to play Brave Blossom on July 2nd at Toyota and 7 days later in Tokyo.

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