French Coach, Philippé Saint-Andre, has left François Trinh-Duc out of his World Cup Squad
Despite starting against England in Twickenham last week, François Trinh-Duc has been left out of the Philippé Saint-Andre’s squad for the World Cup.
The French Coach has instead opted for the mercurial Frédéric Michalak and the inexperienced Castres fly half, Rémi Tales. Although this will not leave France short of kicking options, having also selected the influential scrum half Morgan Para, dispensing with the 49 times capped Trinh-Duc will raise some eyebrows.
Elsewhere, despite suffering from a knee injury, captain Thierry Dusautoir, has been included. The captains inclusion could be seen as a calculated gamble, as a backrow comprising of Dusautoir, Yannick Nyanga and Louis Picamoles has the potential to dominate almost any opponent.
France’s 31-man squad
Forwards: Uini Atonio, Eddy Ben Arous, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Benjamin Kayser, Dimitri Szarzewski, Alexandre Flanquart, Yoann Maestri, Pascal Papé, Thierry Dusautoir (c), Bernard Le Roux, Yannick Nyanga, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Damien Chouly, Louis Picamoles.
Backs: Rory Kockott, Morgan Parra, Sébastien Tillous-Borde, Frédéric Michalak, Rémi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud, Alexandre Dumoulin, Gaël Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Brice Dulin, Sofiane Guitoune, Yoann Huget, Noa Nakaitaci, Scott Spedding.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena