RLWC2021 – France v Greece: Team news, how to watch on TV & predictions

Josh McAllister
France v Greece

Everything you need to know – France v Greece. 

Greece make their World Cup debut this year and open their first-ever campaign against Laurent Frayssinous’ French outfit.

South Sydney Rabbitohs duo Lachlan Ilias and Peter Mamouzelos headline the Greece squad. France include a range of Super League stars including Morgan Escare, Fouad Yaha and captain Ben Garcia.

Match details

  • France v Greece
  • Date: Monday, October 17
  • Kick-off time: 7:30pm
  • Venue: Eco-Power Stadium, Doncaster
  • Group A

France v Greece team news

France 19-man squad: 1. Morgan Escare, 2. Arthur Romano, 3. Samisoni Langi, 4. Matthieu Laguerre, 5. Fouad Yaha, 6. Arthur Mourgue, 7. Tony Gigot, 8. Jordan Dezaria, 9. Alrix Da Costa, 10. Lambert Belmas, 11. Bejamin Jullien, 12. Paul Seguier, 13. Ben Garcia, 14, Eloi Pelissier, 15. Justin Sangare, 17. Mickael Goudemand, 19. Corentin Le Cam, 21, Maxime Puech, 23 Cesar Rouge.

Greece 19-man squad: 1. Chaise Robinson, 2. Nick Mougious, 3. Terry Constantinou, 4. Sebastian Sell, 5. Johnny Mitsias, 6. Lachlan Ilias, 7. Jordan Meads, 8. Robert Tuliatu, 9. Peter Mamouzelos, 10. Stefanos Bastas, 11, Nikolaos Bosmos, 12. Jake Kambos, 13. Billy Magoulias, 14. Liam Sue-Tin, 15. Siteni Taukamo, 16. Mitchell Zampetides, 17. Theodoros Nianiakas, 18. Aris Dardamanis, 20. Myles Gal.

What the two camps are saying

Frayssinous said: “Even if we miss the experience from Theo Fages, Julian Bousquet and Romain Navarrete, I think this squad is the best for years, maybe even the best French team we’ve ever had.

“They’re all full-time and play against the best in Super League for the last few years. It’s great to coach these great players. All together, we want to win and improve.

“We’ve been excited for the last few months already. We want to keep on building and lay the platform for the future.”

Captain Jordan Meads told Love Rugby League: “Six months ago rugby league was illegal in our own country.

“I think the Rugby League World Cup has come across at a perfect time. Although we want to do ourselves proud, we’ve got an amazing opportunity to springboard rugby league in our own country. We’ve got no doubt that this event is going to allow us to do that.”

How can I watch the game on TV?

Every game across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair World Cup tournaments is being broadcast by the BBC.

The match will also be available to view on the BBC iPlayer, Red Button & BBC Sport Online. 

LIST: How to watch every Rugby League World Cup game on the BBC

Odds and predictions

France head into Monday’s clash as heavy favourites with Planet Sport Bet at 1/16. Greece are a massive 9/1.

To win the tournament, France are odds of 300/1 while Greece are the least likely alongside Jamaica, according to Planet Sport Bet, at 1000/1.

You would expect France to win this one comfortably in Doncaster, but it’s great to see Greece make their debut.

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