France Squad for Rugby World Cup 2019

Louis Picamoles

France coach Jacques Brunel has already named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with 6 reserves also listed.

There is no room for Mathieu Bastareaud or Teddy Thomas, whilst Morgan Parra is out with injury.

France Squad

ALLDRITT Grégory (Rochelais Stadium)
BAMBA Demba (CA Brive Corrèze)
CAMARA Yacouba (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)
CHAT Camille (Racing 92)
DOUMAYROU Geoffrey (Stade Rochelais)
DUPONT Antoine (Stade Toulousain)
FICKOU Gaël (Stade Français Paris)
FOFANA Wesley (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
GABRILLAGUES Paul (French Stade Paris)
GUIRADO Guilhem (RC Toulon)
GUITOUNE Sofiane (Toulouse Stadium)
HUGET Yoann (Toulouse Stadium)
ITURRIA Arthur (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
LAMBEY Félix (Lyon Olympic University)
LAURET Wenceslas (Racing 92)
LE ROUX Bernard (Racing 92)
Camille LOPEZ (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Maxime MACHENAUD (Racing 92)
MAUVAKA Peato (Toulousain Stadium)
MEDARD Maxime (Toulouse Stadium)
NTAMACK Romain (Toulouse Stadium)
PENAUD Damian (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Louis PICAMOLES (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)
POIROT Jefferson (Bordeaux Union-Bègles)
PRISO Dany (Stade Rochelais)
RAKA Alivereti (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
RAMOS Thomas (Toulousain Stadium)
SERIN Baptiste (Bordeaux-Bègles Union)
SETIANO Emerick (RC Toulon)
SLIMANI Rabah (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
VAHAAMAHINA Sébastien (ASM Clermont Auvergne)


BELLEAU Anthony (Toulon RC)
CROS François (Toulousain Stadium)
FALGOUX Etienne (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
Charles OLLIVON (RC Toulon)
RATTEZ Vincent (Rochelle Stadium)
WILLEMSE Paul (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

With France one of England’s main rivals in Pool C, how do you feel about this French squad?

9 thoughts on “France Squad for Rugby World Cup 2019

  1. Don’t know how I ‘feel’ about this French squad, but what I ‘think’, is that it would gave been useful to have been informed of the players’ positions contained within it. Mainly ‘cos I don’t know most of them. However, I think that Huget, who has been wasted by previous absences, is a prudent selection along with those Ficou & Fofana. Bit surprised @ Picamoles being included due to his age of 33, but this may be relative if he can still do the bizzo on the WC . Also, a bit surprising that Bastareaud is excluded, esp as he has been their skipper. Maybe Ted Thommo too? Otherwise, time will tell I guess. Most of this team seem to have been French born. Apart from 1or 2 obvious inclusions, this too is a little surprising due to the numbers of ‘foreign mercenaries’ in The Top 14. Although this may be an ‘old fashioned’ view these days, according to Andy.

    1. Chapter and verse please Don. Not sure why you have taken to having a pop at me every now and then, but I too am somewhat surprised that there are not more imports in the squad. Maybe this is a conscious decision by the new management?

    2. Not surprised about Picamoles, he has been the best ball carrying forward for the French for the last LOT of years. I never rated Huget that much but I guess he’s selection was very posible. Bastareaud is surprising considering he was skipper, but he’s form now is shit and he never has been that much than being enormous. Thomas is x-factor but inconsistent and looks like an idiot, with constant misconduct problems.

  2. Plenty of quality in that squad. The French do not lack for high end talent.
    Good mix of seasoned pros with some exceptional young players like Dupont, Penaud, Ntamack and Bamba.
    Dont think Thomas has played much this season, hence his omission.

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