France coach Laurent Frayssinous has named a 27-man squad to prepare for the June 19 Test against Wales at the Municipal Stadium in Albi.
The squad, which is dominated by players from French Super League clubs, Catalans Dragons and Toulouse Olympique, will assemble on June 15 as Les Blues step up their World Cup campaign.
Frayssinous will then cut the squad to 20 players ahead of the Test, in which he expects an improvement from last October’s 30-10 loss to England in Perpignan.
“This is an important year for the French team, and a wonderful opportunity to prove that French rugby league is on the right track,”
“The French team wants to show its progress with each outing and this test match against Wales is another step in our quest for success at the next World Cup.
“The objective will be to improve the performance against England last October and I have shared with the group these specific points and the objectives to be achieved.”
— Fédération Française de Rugby XIII (@FFRXIII) June 5, 2022
Frayssinous said players who did not play in the Test against Wales would still remain in the frame for World Cup selection.
“This group is currently made up of 27 players with 2 weeks to go and will be reduced to 20 players the week of the match,” he said.
“I have shared with many players and those who are not part of it know what they need to improve on and off the field to hope to integrate the squad in the future.
“We are talking about the highest standards in our country when we are called upon to write the history of the French team.
“The players and the staff are eager to meet for the preparation of the match in this rugby league stronghold that is the city of Albi.”
ALBERT Vincent (Carcassonne XIII)
BERGAL Ilias (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
BOUSQUET Julian (Dragons Catalans)
DA COSTA Alrix (Dragons Catalans)
DEZARIA Jordan (Dragons Catalans)
ESCARE Morgan (Salford)
FABRE Baptiste (Albi RL XIII)
GARCIA Benjamin (Dragons Catalans)
GOUDEMAND Mickaël (Dragons Catalans)
JULLIEN Benjamin (Dragons Catalans)
JUSSAUME Mathieu (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
LAGUERRE Matthieu (Dragons Catalans)
LE CAM Corentin (Dragons Catalans)
MARCON Paul (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
MARION Anthony (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
MOURGUE Arthur (Dragons Catalans)
NAVARRETE Romain (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
PELISSIER Eloi (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
PUECH Maxime (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
ROMANO Arthur (Dragons Catalans)
ROUGE César (Dragons Catalans)
SANGARE Justin (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
SEGUIER Paul (Dragons Catalans)
SPRINGER Gadwin (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
STEFANI Maxime (Toulouse Olympique XIII)
JOUFFRET Louis (Halifax)
YAHA Fouad (Dragons Catalans)