France name squad for JWC
IRB
May 21, 2008

France Under 20 coaches Philippe Agostini and Philippe Boher have named their 26-man squad for the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship in Wales next month, two members of which made their senior international debut in the 2008 RBS Six Nations.

Scrum half Morgan Parra made his Test debut off the bench in the opening match against Scotland and then made his first start and scored his first points in the defeat by England, while centre Yann David made his own debut at the Stade de France against Italy.

Both players were members of France's squad which finished fifth at the IRB Under 19 World Championship in 2007, along with the likes of other returnees Mathieu Bastareaud, Mathieu Belie, Yoann Maestri and Nicolas Agnesi.

Powerful centre Bastareaud was one of France's most impressive players during this year's Under 20 Six Nations - when his side finished third behind Grand Slam winners England and Wales - and will be a player to watch in the Junior World Championship.

France open their campaign against Japan at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 6 June, before facing Italy four days later and then host nation Wales on 14 June in what is expected to determine who tops Pool D and progresses to the semi-finals.

The Japanese failed to win a match in Division A at last year's IRB Under 19 World Championship, but a third of that squad will travel to Wales after being selected by head coach Masahiro Kunda.

Familiar look to Italian squad

The returning players include props Masataka Mikami and Koichi Nitta, second rows Keisuke Matsuda and Eiri Nakada along with centres Yasutaka Sasakura, Katsuyuki Sakai in a squad captained by newcomer Maichael Leitch.

Japan have already been unveiled as the hosts of the IRB Junior World Championship 2009 and will be hoping for a strong performance in the inaugural tournament, particularly form those who will still be eligible to play on home soil next year.

The Japanese will end the pool stages against Italy, who claimed the Division B title at the IRB Under 19 World Championship in Northern Ireland last year with the likes of captain Alberto Chiesa and fly half Riccardo Bocchino among those catching the eye.

Some two thirds of that title winning squad will represent Italy at this inaugural tournament with Chiesa and Bocchino joined again by the likes of Massimiliano Ravelle, Andrea De Marchi, Simone Favaro, Tommaso D'Apice, Filippo Giusti and Andrea Pratichetti.

Hooker D'Apice and wing Andrea Bacchetti both scored tries as Italy lost 24-16 to France in Porto-Vecchio, while Giusti touched down as the Italians lost 33-13 to Wales in this year's Under 20 Six Nations.

France Under 20 squad:
Nicolas Agnesi, Mathieu Bastareaud, Mathieu Belie, Jérémy Braille, Dijbril Camara, Henry Chavancy, Arthur Chollon, Yann David, Julien Dumora, Alexandre Dumoulin, Benjamin Fall, Baptiste Hezard, Adam Jaulhac, Kevin Kervarec, Thierry Lacrampe, Raphaël Lakafia, Wenceslas Lauret, Louis Madaule, Yoann Maestri, Clément Maynadier, Guillaume Namy, Morgan Parra, Marc Rallier, Clément Ric, Jean-Baptiste Roidot, Rabah Slimani.

Italy Under 20 squad:
Andrea Bacchetti, Giacomo Bernini, Riccardo Bocchino, Emiliano Caffini, Alessandro Castagnoli, Alberto Cazzola, Alberto Chiesa (Captain), Tommaso D'Apice, Andrea De Marchi, Simone Favaro, Francesco Fiorani, Joshua Furno, Filippo Giusti, Otis Lomardi, Alberto Marconato, Giovanni Masssaro, Rudolf Mernone, Gabriele Morelli, Luca Petillo, Andrea Pratichetti, Roberto Quartaroli, Massimiliano Ravalle, Edoardo Rotella, Lorenzo Sebastiani, Nicola Simion, Michael Wilson.

Japan Under 20 squad:
Masataka Mikami, Koichi Nitta, Keiichi Tanaka, Shinsuke Ono, Motoki Yamazaki, Ryuhei Arita, Keisuke Matsuda, Lotoahea Pohiva, Takaya Kato, Eiri Nakada, Tsuyoshi Murata, Shohei Maekawa, Maichael Leitch (Captain), Hiroaki Sugimoto, Shuhei Oshima, Mizuki Yanagihara, Yoshida Shingo, Ryutaro Takemoto, Ryohei Yamanaka, Yasutaka Sasakura, Katsuyuki Sakai, Aisea Havea, Takamasa Okubo, Kanzo Nakahama, Daisuke Natsui, Tsuyoshi Iguchi.

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