Lievremont names World Cup squad
France coach Marc Lievremont has confirmed his 30-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
There is no place for Sylvain Marconnet, the 35-year-old who has won 84 caps for Les Bleus, or his fellow prop Thomas Domingo. Fabien Barcella, who spent a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering an Achilles injury last year but featured in Saturday's 26-22 win over Ireland in Dublin, has made the cut.
Lievremont was quoted as saying in L'Equipe: "It was a difficult choice. I always said the best two props in France were Thomas (Domingo) and Fabian (Barcella) and I said that I hoped to retain one in the squad, and that's the decision I've made. I was also surprised by the progress of Jean-Baptiste Poux and Luke Ducalcon."
France, beaten finalists in 1987 and 1999, have been drawn in Group A for this year's World Cup in New Zealand alongside the hosts, Tonga, Canada and Japan. France's opening match is against Japan in Auckland on September 10.
France World Cup squad: Forwards: F Barcella (Biarritz), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), L Ducalcon (Castres), T Dusautoir (Toulouse, capt), G Guirado (Perpignan) I Harinordoquy (Biarritz), R Lakafia (Biarritz), N Mas (Perpignan), R Millo-Chluski (Toulouse), L Nallet (Racing Metro), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), P Pape (Stade Francais), L Picamoles (Toulouse), J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), J-B Poux (Toulouse), W Servat (Toulouse), D Szarzewski (Stade Francais).
Backs: V Clerc (Toulouse), F Estebanez (Brive), C Heymans (Toulouse), D Marty (Perpignan), M Medard (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Perpignan), A Palisson (Brive), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), D Skrela (Toulouse), D Traille (Biarritz), F Trinh-Duc (Montpellier), D Yachvili (Biarritz).