PARIS (Reuters) – Number eight Louis Picamoles was included in France’s 31-man squad for the rugby World Cup on Monday for his last participation in the sport’s extravaganza.
The 33-year-old, who is expected to quit international rugby after the Sept. 20-Nov. 2 tournament in Japan, will take part in his third World Cup after coach Jacques Brunel preferred him to Francois Cros.
The list was drawn from a preliminary squad of 37, with notably Felix Lambey and Romain Taofifenua being omitted.
France will take on Argentina, England, Tonga and the United States in Pool C.
Forwards: Jefferson Poirot (Bordeaux-Bègles), Rabah Slimani (Clermont), Demba Bamba (Lyon), Emerick Setiano (Toulon), Cyril Baille (Toulouse), Guilhem Guirado (Montpellier, cap.), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Peato Mauvaka (Toulouse), Sébastien Vahaamahina (Clermont), Paul Gabrillagues (Stade Français), 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 Français), Wesley Fofana (Clermont), Sofiane Guitoune (Toulouse), Virimi Vakatawa (Racing 92), Yoann Huget (Toulouse), Alivereti Raka (Clermont), Damian Penaud (Clermont), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Thomas Ramos (Toulouse).
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge)