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France name wider squad for World Cup preparation

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TikTok Women’s Six Nations Player of the Championship Laure Sansus has been named as part of a strong France squad to prepare for the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand.

The scrum-half was one of the standout performers for Les Bleues in their 2022 Championship in which they finished second and is included in a 38-strong squad.

She will face competition from club colleague Pauline Bourdon, who missed the TikTok Women’s Six Nations through injury, while there are also four uncapped players included.

Blagnac pair Lina Queyroi and Charlotte Escudero, along with Bordeaux’s Morgane Bourgeois and Rennes’ Elisa Riffoneau could all make their Test bows later this year.

Aside from Sansus and Bourdon, there are plenty of familiar faces in the squad with the likes of Madoussou Fall, who was also nominated for Player of the Championship, skipper Gaëlle Hermet and fly-half Caroline Drouin all included.

Thomas Darracq, the head coach, is hoping that the next three months of work will help the team hit the ground running by the time they arrive in New Zealand.

He said: “An intense preparation awaits this group, combining physical development as well building mental strength to help our project. It will be crucial in order to perform in New Zealand, the entire staff is working to help the group to go above and beyond.

“We will have training camps at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis as well as elsewhere so that we are ready for the changing venues that await the team in New Zealand. This squad has always stepped up and we expect a lot of commitment and motivation from the girls.

“The France squad is made up of 38 players for this preparation, 32 will go to New Zealand to take part in the World Cup. We’ve known that since the start of the season and we have been prepared. This is a homogenous, extended squad and shows continuity from previous selections as well as the takeaways from following the clubs in the Elite 1 and exchanges with the staff of the different France teams.

“We have three months of work to cut down this group. The aim will be to keep our mindset while working on the vital details in our aim of competing with the best teams.”

France wider squad for the 2021 World Cup:

ANNERY Julie (Stade Français Paris)

BANET Cyrielle (Montpellier RC)

BERNADOU Rose (Montpellier RC)

BERTHOUMIEU Axelle (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

BOUJARD Caroline Montpellier RC)

BOULARD Émilie (RC Chilly Mazarin)

BOURDON Pauline (Stade Toulousain)

BOURGEOIS Morgane (Stade Bordelais)

BROSSEAU Yllana (Stade Bordelais)

CHAMBON Alexandra (FC Grenoble Amazones)

DESHAYE Annaëlle (Lyon Olympique Universitaire)

DOMAIN Célia (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

DROUIN Caroline (Stade Rennais Rugby)

DUPOUY Marie (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

ESCUDERO Charlotte (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

FALL Madoussou (Stade Bordelais)

FELEU Manaé (FC Grenoble Amazones)

FERER Céline (Stade Toulousain)

FILOPON Maëlle (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

FORLANI Audrey (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

GROS Émeline (Montpellier RC)

HERMET Gaëlle (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

JACQUET Chloé (Lyon Olympique Universitaire)

JOYEUX Clara (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

KHALFAOUI Assia (Stade Bordelais)

LINDELAUF Coco (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

LLORENS Mélissande (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

MAYANS Marjorie (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

MENAGER Marine (Montpellier RC)

MENAGER Romane (Montpellier RC)

N’DIAYE Safi (Montpellier RC)

QUEYROI Lina (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

RIFFONEAU Élisa (Stade Rennais Rugby)

SANSUS Laure (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

SOCHAT Agathe (Stade Bordelais)

TOUYÉ Laure (Montpellier RC)

TREMOULIERE Jessy (ASM Romagnat Rugby Féminin)

VERNIER Gabrielle (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)