France include eight Catalans Dragons in 24-man squad for 2017 World Cup
By Press Association
Last Updated: 03/10/17 8:12am
France coach Aurelien Cologni has included eight players from Catalans Dragons in his 24-man squad for the 2017 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Dragons contingent includes forward Nabil Djalout, who has made just one Super League appearance, while Australian full-back Mark Kheirallah, who qualifies on residency, is one of three representatives from Championship club Toulouse.
There is also a place for Hull's new signing Hakim Miloudi, who spent the latter end of the 2017 season with Doncaster after moving from Carcassonne.
St Helens half-back Theo Fages will captain the team in the absence of Catalans prop Remi Casty, who is sidelined with a broken hand.
France open their campaign against Lebanon in Canberra on October 29 and play Australia in their second group A match a week later before taking on England in Perth on November 12.
France squad: J Bousquet, T Margalet, B Garcia, J Baitieri, L Albert, F Yaha, N Djalout, R Navarrete (all Catalans Dragons), B Ader, C Boyer, M Kheirallah (all Toulouse), W Barthau, J Boudebza (both London Broncos), O Arnaud, G Bonnet (both Avignon), D Cardace (Lezignan), T Fages (St Helens, capt), M Herold, M Rouch (both Limoux), B Jullien (Warrington), A Maria, E Pelissier (both Leigh), H Miloudi (Hull), G Springer (Castleford).