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Louis Picamoles has been contained in France’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.
After head coach Jacques Brunel preferred him to Francois Cros the 33-year-old, who is expected to quit international rugby after the championship in Japan, will take part.
The list was drawn together with Romain Taofifenua notably omitted along with Felix Lambey.
France will take on England, Argentina, Tonga and the United States in Pool C.
“We picked (Picamoles) after a few nice performances and because of his experience,” Brunel said.
“We picked a player who will play third and second row in Arthur Iturria.”
Aimed up for the championship with wins against Italy and Scotland, and also a defeat from the Scots.
They were impressive however Brunel believes they can lead to an upset in Japan, with a clash against Argentina on September 21 their outing.
“The favourites are always exactly the same. The amount one favourites are the All Blacks,” he said.
“This squad is a fantastic mixture of youth and experience, it is a fantastic balance. The Pool is demanding but we expect to get really very much in this championship,” added Brunel, who added five half-backs in his group – scrum-halves Baptiste Serin, Antoine Dupont and Maxime Machenaud along with fly-halves Camille Lopez and Romain Ntamack.
“With five halfbacks we’re ready for every chance,” Brunel explained.
The squad will gather at their training camp at Marcoussis on Wednesday before flying to Japan.
France’s 31-man 2019 World Cup squad
Forwards: Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bgles), Rabah Slimani (Clermont), Demba Bamba (Lyon), Emerick Setiano (Toulon), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Guilhem Guirado (Montpellier, cap.) , Camille Chat (Racing 92), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse), Sebastien Vahaamahina (Clermont), Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Franais), Arthur Iturria (Clermont), Bernard Le Roux (Racing 92), Gregory Alldritt (La Rochelle), Charles Ollivon (Toulon), Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), Yacouba Camara (Montpellier), Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92).
Backs: Antoine Dupont (Toulouse), Baptiste Serin (Toulon), Maxime Machenaud (Racing 92), Camille Lopez (Clermont), Romain Ntamack (Toulouse), Gael Fickou (Stade Franais), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Sofiane Guitoune (Toulouse), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Alivereti Raka (Clermont), Damian Penaud (Clermont), Maxime Medard (Toulouse), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse). (Reporting from Julien Pretot; Testing by Christian Radnedge)

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