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Picamoles set for third World Cup as France name World Cup squad

Picamoles set for third World Cup as France name World Cup squad
  • Jacques Brunel names 31-man squad for Japan
  • Picamoles one of six back-rowers included
  • Guirado set to lead the side

Jacques Brunel has announced the 31-man squad who will represent France at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Louis Picamoles set to appear at his third World Cup.

The Montpellier No.8 is one of six back-rowers who make the cut, while Guilhem Guirado is set to captain the team.

Brunel has gone with a 17-14 split between forwards and backs with two players who were originally included among the reserves having forced their way into the first-choice 31 – loosehead prop Cyril Baille and back-rower Charles Ollivon.

Elsewhere Romain Ntamack will follow in the footsteps of his father Emile Ntamack in representing France at a World Cup.

Les Bleus will kick off their campaign against Argentina, with their final pool match against Guinness Six Nations rivals England.

France squad for the World Cup

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Forwards

Cyril Baille (Toulouse)
Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles)
Camille Chat (Racing 92)
Guilhem Guirado (Montpellier)
Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse)
Demba Bamba (Lyon)
Emerick Setiano (Toulon)
Rabah Slimani (Clermont)
Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Français)
Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92)
Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont)
Gregory Alldritt (La Rochelle)
Yacouba Camara (Montpellier)
Arthur Iturria (Clermont)
Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92)
Charles Ollivon (Toulon)
Louis Picamoles (Montpellier)

Backs

Antoine Dupont (Toulouse)
Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92)
Baptiste Serin (Toulon)
Camille Lopez (Clermont)
Romain Ntamack (Toulouse)
Gaël Fickou (Stade Français)
Wesley Fofana (Clermont)
Sofiane Guitoune (Toulouse)
Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92)
Yoann Huget (Toulouse)
Damian Penaud (Clermont)
Alivereti Raka (Clermont)
Maxime Médard (Toulouse)
Thomas Ramos (Toulouse)