Thursday 18 July 2019

Mathieu Bastareaud left out as France named World Cup squad for Japan

Mathieu Bastareaud. Photo: Pierre Costabadie/Icon Sport via Getty Images
Mathieu Bastareaud. Photo: Pierre Costabadie/Icon Sport via Getty Images Newsdesk Newsdesk

Centre Mathieu Bastareaud is among the high-profile omissions from the French squad for the 2019 World Cup.

Head coach Jacques Brunel has named his 31-man squad for the Japan tournament, as well as six other reserve players who could yet come into the panel.

Bastareaud, who has signed a deal to play for Rugby United New York in Major League Rugby in 2020, has been left out in favour of centre quartet, Wesley Fofana, Gael Fickou, Sofiane Guitoune and Geoffrey Doumayrou.

Clermont scrum-half Morgan Parra, who missed the end of the season through injury, is another big name who has been left out. Racing 92 flyer Teddy Thomas is also not included, with Brunel opting for Clermont's Fijian wing Alivereti Raka.

France World Cup squad

Forwards (17): Gregory Alldritt, Demba Bamba, Yacouba Camara, Camille Chat, Paul Gabrillagues, Guilhem Guirado, Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Peato Mauvaka, Jefferson Poirot, Louis Picamoles, Dany Priso, Emerick Setiano, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina

Backs (14): Geoffrey Doumayrou, Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Maxime Machenaud, Maxime Medard, Romain Ntamack, Damian Penaud, Alivereti Raka, Thomas Ramos, Baptiste Serin

Reserves (6): Anthony Belleau, Francois Cros, Etienne Falgoux, Charles Ollivon, Vincent Rattez, Paul Willemse

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