Jacques Brunel has omitted the experienced both Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra from his team of 31 players for the Rugby World Cup. Neither makes the supplement list of six players either.
Bastareaud left Toulon this summer to sign a historic deal with Major League Rugby outfit Rugby United New York but played a leading role in the Six Nations tour of France. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
Parra was dropped by Brunel’s France team in the Six Nations after criticizing the leadership in the aftermath of the 44-8 loss to England, after which the scrum-half was referring to a rift in the camp.
“I think that we are capable of doing what the English do, but are we working on this during training? I think we don’t work on it enough, even not at all,” Parra said.
“Yet these are very simple things that are today part of high-level rugby. We can do this. But do we work on it? No.”
Brunel said at the time that dropping Parra was a sports choice. What did not help his cause this time was the fact that the 30-year-old is currently struggling with an ankle injury that he contracted while playing for the team of the club Clermont Auvergne.
Parra would certainly have brought a lot of experience in the tournaments, figuring in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. Racing 92 winger Teddy Thomas, who was punished for a night in Edinburgh in the Six Nations after losing 32-26 to France was also left out by Brunel.
Wesley Fofana who retires from international rugby after the Rugby World Cup is included in the list of 31 men.
France, a three-time World Cup finalist, is part of Group C with England, Argentina, the United States, and Tonga. They will play their first match of the tournament against Argentina on September 21st in Tokyo.
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