- Title: Picamoles included in France World Cup squad
- Date: 2nd September 2019
- Summary: MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE (AUGUST 29, 2019) (REUTERS) SQUAD HUDDLE
- Embargoed: 16th September 2019 20:33
- Keywords: Rugby World Cup French squad announcement announcement of French rugby squad Louis Picamoles
- Location: PARIS AND MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS AND MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Rugby Union,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA007AUYUWXR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Number eight Louis Picamoles was included in France's 31-man squad for the rugby World Cup on Monday (September 2) for his last participation in the sport's extravaganza.
The 33-year-old, who is expected to quit international rugby after the September 20 - November 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.
Les Bleus, who slipped down to eighth in the world rankings after years of under-performing, geared up for the tournament with two wins against Scotland and Italy, and a defeat away by the Scots.
They were far from impressive, yet Brunel believes they can cause an upset in Japan, with a potentially decisive clash against Argentina on September 21 their first outing.
(Production: Johnny Cotton)
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