France name team to face Wales in World Cup warm-up


France have named their 17-man team to face Wales this Sunday in a World Cup warm-up test.

Head coach Laurent Frayssinous has cut down his original 27-man squad for the test in Albi.

PA rugby league reporter Ian Laybourn has shared the team on social media. Salford’s Morgan Escare starts at full-back, while the squad includes 12 players from Catalans Dragons. Four have been named from Toulouse.

The two sides meet this Sunday, with the game set to be streamed on viaOccitanieTV for the 2:30 kick-off.

France: Escare, Marcon, Romano, Laguerre, Yaha, Mourgue, Rouge; Navarette, Da Costa, Bousquet, Jullien, Seguier, Garcia. Bench: Pelissier, Dezaria, Sangare, Goudemand.

Wales squad to travel to France

Salford winger Rhys Williams will captain the side as he makes a record-breaking 31st appearance for Wales.

The country’s record try scorer will move clear of Jordan James and Ian Watson.

It’s Wales’ first international in more than three years, since beating Ireland 40-8 November 2018.

There are eight players who were in the 17 that day who have been named in the 21-man squad.

Wales: Bailey Antrobus (York), Joe Burke (West Wales), Chester Butler (Bradford), Michael Butt (Swinton), Connor Davies, Curtis Davies (both Workington); Will Evans (Whitehaven), Ben Evans (Bradford), Kyle Evans (Wakefield), Jude Ferreira (London B), Matty Fozard (Widnes), Dalton Grant (London B); Cobi Green (Rochdale), Tom Hopkins (Barrow), Lewis Hulme (Widnes), Elliot Kear (Bradford), Owen Restall (Oldham); Luis Roberts (Leigh), Luke Thomas (Warrington), Anthony Walker (Bradford), Rhys Williams (Salford).

Meanwhile, England play their first international game of the year as they take on Combined Nations All Stars this Saturday at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports from 5:30pm. International Women kick-off the double head as England take on France.

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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