France name 49 players in training squad
France have named an extended training squad of 49 players in total, for a training camp at Bacares on December 15 and 16.
The French squad, now coached by Aurelian Cologni, are beginning their preparations for the World Cup, to be held in the European autumn in 2017 in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
The players from full-time professional clubs will attend only the first day, the Elite League players the second.
On the first day, the coaches and conditioners from Catalans Dragons, Toulouse Olmpique and all of the Elite clubs will be invited to a presentation from the French staff, who will outline their philosophies and styles of play.
Lucas Albert, Jason Baitieri, Thomas Bosc, Julien Bousquet, Remy Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Jordan Dezaria, Vincent Duport, Benjamin Garcia, Tony Gigot, Paul Seguier, Mikael Simon, Fouad Yaha (all Catalans Dragons), William Barthau (London Broncos), Clement Noyer, Bastien Canet, Etienne Ferret, Mourad Kriouache, Gavin Margueritte, Stan Robin (all Toulouse), Morgan Escare, Romain Navarette (Wigan Warriors), Theo Fages (St Helens), Benjamin Julien (Warrington Wolves), Eloi Pelissier, Anthony Maria (Leigh Centurions), Gadwin Springer (Castleford Tigers)
FRENCH ELITE LEAGUE PLAYERS
Thomas Ambert, Lambert Belmas, Thibault Margalet, Joseph Negre, Mathias Pala, Ugo Perez, Arthur Romano (all St Esteve XIII Catalans), Olivier Arnaud, Mickael Goudemand (SO Avignon), Guillaume Bonnet, Charles Bouzinac, Damien Cardace, Remy Marginet (FC Lezignan), Bastien Escamilla, Hakim Miloudi (AS Carcassone), Arthur Gonzalez-Trinque, Maxime Herold, Amine Miloudi, Mickael Rouch, Valentin Yesa (Limoux), Loic Maria (Villeneuve)