France confirm squad for mid-season test against Wales

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Jordan Dezaria France SWpix Credit: PA Images
Jordan Dezaria France SWpix Credit: PA Images

France coach Laurent Frayssinous has named a 27-man squad for their upcoming international test match against Wales in Albi.

The Blues will meet on Wednesday, June 15 for a mini training camp ahead of their match against Wales on Sunday, June 19. The 27-man squad will be reduced to 20 players on the week of the test.

Super League sides Catalans Dragons and Toulouse will provide all but four of the 27 players named. Morgan Escare (Salford), Vincent Albert (Carcassonne), Baptiste Fabre (Albi) and Louis Jouffret (Halifax) are the only players not representing Catalans or Toulouse.

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On the Welsh test, Frayssinous said: “This is an important year for the French team. It is a wonderful opportunity to prove that French rugby league is on the right track.

“The French team wants to show it’s progress with each outing and this test match against Wales is another step in our quest for success at the next World Cup. The objective will be to improve the performance against England last October. I have shared with the group these specific points and the objectives to be achieved.

“This group is currently made up of 27 players with 2 weeks to go. It will be reduced to 20 players the week of the match.

“Everyone is eager to meet for the preparation of the match in Albi.”

France squad to face Wales: Vincent Albert (Carcassonne), Ilias Bergal, Mathieu Jussaume, Paul Marcon, Anthony Marion, Romain Navarrete, Eloi Pelissier, Maxime Puech, Justin Sangare, Gadwin Springer, Maxime Stefani (all Toulouse), Julian Bousquet, Alrix Da Coasta, Jordan Dezaria, Ben Garcia, Mickael Goudemand, Benjamin Jullien, Mathieu Laguerre, Corentin Le Cam, Arthur Mourgue, Arthur Romano, Cesar Rouge, Paul Seguier, Fouad Yaha (all Catalans Dragons), Morgan Escare (Salford), Baptiste Fabre (Albi) and Louis Jouffret (Halifax).

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