France name strong World Cup squad for Moscow(IRB.COM) Tuesday 18 June 2013
France men's Sevens coach Frederic Pomarel has named a strong squad of 12 players to compete at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow on 28-30 June, where they line up in Pool A with Australia, Spain and Tunisia.
Eleven of the 12 French players are full-time Sevens athletes contracted to the union and both of this season's captains, Vincent Deniau and Manoël Dall'Igna, are fit to play after niggling injuries, which is a boost to Pomarel.
Crucially, the coach also has the services of his key playmaking duo, Terry Bouhraoua and Paul Albaladejo, while other regulars such as Julien Candelon, Jean-Baptiste Gobelet, Steeve Barry and Jean-Baptiste Mazoue make the cut.
Pacy wing Renaud Delmas is not included in the squad, but ASM Clermont Auvergne and French national team full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin is included.
France are no strangers to Moscow, having played there on the FIRA European Grand Prix circuit.
France team for RWC Sevens: 1. DENIAU Vincent (FFR), 2. DALL’IGNA Manoël (FFR), 3. MAZOUE Jean-Baptiste (FFR), 4. BOUHRAOUA Terry (FFR), 5. ALBALADEJO Paul (FFR), 6. JANE Julien (FFR), 7. BUTTIN Jean-Marcellin (ASM Clermont Auvergne), 8. LAUGEL Jonathan (FFR), 9. BARRY Steeve (FFR), 10. CANDELON Julien (FFR), 11. GOBELET Jean-Baptiste (FFR), 12. INIGO Vincent (FFR)
Bernard Foley back for Australia Sevens
Australian Sevens captain Ed Jenkins will lead an experienced squad to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 which features three current Super Rugby players, including former Australian Sevens captain Bernard Foley, who recently lined up for the Tahs at fly-half against the Lions.
Michael O'Connor's squad also features four members of Australia’s silver medal-winning 2010 Commonwealth Games side, five members of the side that won the Tokyo Sevens last year and two players with previous RWC Sevens experience.
Joining Foley from Super Rugby is NSW Waratahs teammate Matt Lucas, with Queensland Reds flyer Luke Morahan drafted into the Wallabies and a possible doubt.
“This is a fairly experienced squad. It’s not the most experienced that will be over there, but certainly from our perspective we’ve got a lot of great leaders in this squad and experience is critical at this level," added O'Connor.
Seasoned campaigner Jenkins will lead the side in Moscow and the 27-year-old is the most capped in the squad, with 27 tournaments under his belt, including RWC Sevens 2009, the 2010 Commonwealth Games and tournament wins in London (2010) and Tokyo (2012).
“Ed’s a highly competitive player and he leads by example. He just brings that hard edge to the side. He’s the type of player that other teams don’t like to play against,” added O’Connor.
Australia squad: Cam Clark, Tom Cusack, Bernard Foley, Con Foley, Matt Lucas, Lewis Holland, Ed Jenkins (captain), Sean McMahon, Luke Morahan, Jesse Parahi, James Stannard, Shannon Walker
News of Spain and Tunisia squads to follow..