Wales set to face teenage son of rugby legend in Six Nations Championship opener with France

France have called up the son of Les Bleus legend Emile Ntamack to their squad preparing for the Six Nations Championship opener with Wales on February 1.

Toulouse outside-half Romain Ntamack is already an Under-20s World Cup winner and is one of five new faces drafted into the senior squad for the Paris showdown with Wales.

Ntamack, 19, is proving to be a chip off the old block with his father earning 46 caps on the wing for France over a six-year Test career, that started with a debut against Wales in the 1994 Five Nations Championship.

He was also part of their 1997 Grand Slam winning side as well as being the first player to lift the Heineken Cup skippering Toulouse to their final win over Cardiff in the Welsh capital, a year earlier.

His son is one of the most exciting young talents in the French game and has been a key player in the rebirth of Toulouse rugby this term.

Bruising South African lock Paul Willemse also wins a call-up after he became eligible for French residency four-and-a-half years on from making the move to Europe.

Willemse was tipped to have played in the November internationals, but was told he had to wait until he received a French passport.

Ntamack’s club-mates Dorian Aldegheri and Thomas Ramos are also named in the 31-strong squad  gathering at their Marcoussis training base to begin preparations for the Welsh game.

La Rochelle No.8 Gregory Alldritt has also been called up.

Toulon’s Guilhem Guirado will again skipper the team while Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra are also included.

Clermont scrum-half Parra could play his first Six Nations game in four years.

His three appearances in New Zealand in June 2018 have been his only caps since France’s 2015 Rugby World Cup exit to the All Blacks in Cardiff.

Centre Wesley Fofana and prop Uini Atonio return to the squad after missing the November internationals through injury, while current casualties include wing Teddy Thomas, prop Cedric Gomes Sa and lock Yoann Maestri.

France squad, backs:   Mathieu Bastareaud, Anthony Belleau, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Maxime Medard, Romain Ntamack, Morgan Parra, Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos, Baptiste Serin.

Forwards: Dorian Aldegheri, Gregory Alldritt, Uini Atonio, Demba Bamba, Pierre Bourgarit, Yacouba Camara, Guilhem Guirado, Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Julien Marchand, Louis Picamoles, Jefferson Poirot, Dany Priso, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Willemse.

Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-set-face-teenage-son-15656632

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