KEY PLAY­ERS

The Rugby Paper's Essential - World Cup Guide 2019 (Irish Edition) - - POOL C: FRANCE -

Demba Bamba - Prop

Club: Lyon DOB: 17 March 1998 Caps: 6 World Cup Caps: 0 World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 The player at the fore­front of France’s rugby revo­lu­tion af­ter the suc­cess of their U20 ju­niors over the past two years. Eased in with the se­niors but the World Cup will be his big­gest test.

Arthur Itur­ria - Flanker

Club: Cler­mont Au­vergne DOB: 13 May 1994 Caps: 11 World Cup caps: 0 World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 Back row con­vert Itur­ria missed the Top 14 fi­nal for Cler­mont through in­jury and ad­mit­ted France got ‘spanked’ dur­ing the Six Na­tions. Will be fired up to put things right in Ja­pan.

An­toine Dupont - Scrum-half

Club: Toulouse

DOB: 15 Novem­ber 1996 Caps: 14

World Cup caps: 0

World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 A pro­to­typ­i­cal scrum-half who has o ered the launch­pad for Toulouse to play with the verve of old. Stand­ing as the first-choice No.9 is clear, but who will part­ner him at half-back?

Damian Pe­naud - Cen­tre/wing

Club: Cler­mont Au­vergne DOB: 25 Septem­ber 1996 Caps: 11

World Cup caps: 0

World Cup pts/tries: 0/0 The cen­tre has a shot at dis­play­ing his tal­ents in the World Cup for the first time af­ter fin­ish­ing the Six Na­tions as one of France’s bright points. Abil­ity to play on the wing is a much-val­ued bonus.

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