France squad named for Cup

by staff

Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir will skipper France's 30-strong Rugby World Cup squad to travel to New Zealand for the tournament which starts on September 9.

Coach Marc Lievremont unveiled his list in the Irish capital the day after watching his side complete their match preparations with a 26-22 win over Ireland.

Two players, props Sylvain Marconnet and Thomas Domingo, were omitted from the 32-strong squad that has been preparing for the World Cup over the last month.

As expected there was no place also for fan favourite Sebastien Chabal who has been out of favour since the last Six Nations tournament.

Lievremont, who will be in charge of his World Cup campaign said that it had been a tough choice to leave behind Domingo and especially Marconnet - a 35-year-old veteran with 84 caps with whom he played in the national side.

"I said from the start that for me our two best loose-head props are Barcella and Domingo and that I wanted to have one of them in the squad and that is the case for Fabien," he said.

France will leave for New Zealand on August 29 and will open against Japan in North Harbour on September 10 before taking on Canada, New Zealand and Tonga

The France squad for the World Cup (September 9-October 23):-

Forwards (17): Fabien Barcella (Biarritz), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), Nicolas Mas (Perpignan), Luc Ducalcon (Castres), William Servat (Toulouse), Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Franais), Guilhem Guirado (Perpignan), Pascal Pap (Stade Franais), Julien Pierre (Clermont), Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), Lionel Nallet (Racing-Mtro), Julien Bonnaire (Clermont), Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz), Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier), Raphal Lakafia (Biarritz), Louis Picamoles (Toulouse)

Backs (13): Morgan Parra (Clermont), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), David Skrela (Clermont), Franois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), Fabrice Estebanez (Brive), Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan), David Marty (Perpignan), Aurlien Rougerie(Clermont), Maxime Mdard (Toulouse), Alexis Palisson (Brive), Vincent Clerc (Toulouse), Cdric Heymans (Bayonne), Damien Traille (Biarritz)