France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc misses out on place in 31-man World Cup squad

  • Philippe Saint-Andre left out fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc from 31-man squad
  • France coach Saint-Andre announced his final World Cup squad on Sunday 
  • Veteran Frederic Michalak, who played against England, has been chosen
  • France won their World Cup warm-up match with England at Stade de France
  • Michalak became France's all-time record points scorer during the victory

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre left out fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc from his 31-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday, in favour of Frederic Michalak.

Saint-Andre has dropped four other players from his preliminary squad, axing Sabastien Vahaamahina, Xavier Chiocci, Loann Goujon and Remi Lamerat.

Lamerat of Castres was dropped in favour of Toulouse centre Gael Fickou and, while the front trio of Vahaamahina, Chiocci and Goujon were not expected to make the cut, Trinh-Duc's absence comes as a surprise.

Philippe Saint-Andre left out fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc (right) from France's 31-man World Cup squad

Trinh-Duc is casualty of the resurgence of Frederic Michalak, who impressed against England on Saturday

Trinh-Duc is casualty of the resurgence of Frederic Michalak, who impressed against England on Saturday

'[It was a] difficult moment to see the five players leave the group,' Saint-Andre said in a statement.

FRANCE WORLD CUP SQUAD 

Forwards: U. Atonio, E. Ben Arous, D. Vincent, N. Mas, R. Slimani, G. Guirado, B. Kayser, B. Szarzewski, A. Flanquart, Y. Maestri, P. Pape, T. Dusautoir (captain), B. Le Roux, Y. Nyanga, F. Ouedraogo, D. Chouly, L. Picamoles

Backs: R. Kockott, M. Parra, S. Tillous-Borde, F. Michalak, R. Tales, M. Bastareaud, A. Dumoulin, G. Fickou, W. Fofana, B. Dulin, S. Guitoune, Y. Huget, N. Nakaitaci, S. Spedding

Trinh-Duc is a casualty of the resurgence of Michalak, who became France's all-time record points scorer during the 25-20 victory over England in Paris on Saturday.

Another rival for the flyhalf role was Remi Tales, whose importance to the squad as an off-field leader is also a reason why Trinh-Duc has missed out.

France welcome Scotland to the Stade de France on September 5 in another pre-tournament warm-up match, before they begin their World Cup campaign against Italy at Twickenham on September 19.

Saint-Andre, who watched his team win 25-20, has dropped four other players from his preliminary squad

Saint-Andre, who watched his team win 25-20, has dropped four other players from his preliminary squad

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