Fages to captain France

Theo Fages in action for Saints

St Helens half-back Theo Fages has been named captain as France announce their 24-man squad for the 2017 World Cup.

As expected, Catalans Dragons contribute a significant proportion of the squad though regulars Remy Casty (hand) and Vincent Duport (knee) are missing through injury.

Seven Dragons players are included, as well as other English-based players Gadwin Springer (Castleford), Eloi Pelissier, Antoni Maria (both Leigh), William Barthau, John Boudebza (both London), Benjamin Julien (Warrington), Roman Navarette (Wigan) and Hakim Miloudi (Doncaster/Hull).

Championship Shield winners Toulouse provide three players.

France play Jamaica in a warm-up test in Perpignan on October 13, before opening their World Cup campaign against Lebanon on October 29.

France 24-man squad: Bastien Ader (Toulouse Olympique), Olivier Arnaud (SO Avignon XIII), Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons), Jason Baitieri (Catalans Dragons), William Barthau (London Broncos), Guillaume Bonnet (SO Avignon XIII), Julian Bousquet (Catalans Dragons), Clement Boyer (Toulouse Olympique), Damien Cardace (FC Lezignan), Nabil Djalout (Catalans Dragons), Theo Fages (St Helens), John Boudebza (London Broncos), Benjamin Garcia (Catalans Dragons), Maxime Herold (XIII Limouxin), Benjamin Jullien (Warrington Wolves), Thibault Margalet (Catalans Dragons), Anthony Maria (Leigh Centurions), Hakim Miloudi (Doncaster/Hull FC), Mark Keirallah (Toulouse Olympique), Roman Navarette (Wigan Warriors), Eloi Pelissier (Leigh Centurions), Mickael Rouch (XIII Limouxin), Gadwin Springer (Castleford Tigers), Fouad Yaha (Catalans Dragons).

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