Rugby

France bolster Sevens squad

2015-05-20 19:04
Fulgence Ouedraogo (AFP)

Paris - Four Top 14 regulars including 30-time capped France flank Fulgence Ouedraogo have been called up as the French sevens team push for qualification for next year's Olympic Games.

Montpellier's Ouedraogo, who on Tuesday was included in Philippe Saint-Andre's enlargened training squad for this year's 15-a-side Rugby World Cup, was named alongside Bordeaux-Begles winger Marvin O'Connor, and Castres duo Remy Grosso and Romain Martial.

The quartet will join an extended squad ahead of three European qualifying tournaments (Moscow - June 6-7, Lyon - June 13-14, Exeter - July 11-12) for the Rio Games, when rugby sevens makes its debut.

France will claim a place in Rio, which it missed out on during the World Series Sevens after a lowly 11th spot, if it finishes first in the standings after the three, 12-team tournaments.

The integration of Top 14 players into the sevens set-up has long been requested, but the all-powerful clubs have refused any releases until the end of the regular season, which comes this weekend.

"We're very happy to have finally found a viable solution, accepted by the clubs and the players, and which doesn't put in danger the clubs' results," France sevens coach Frederic Pomarel said.

The four players will head to the French national rugby centre south of Paris on Monday for a week's training camp with a view to the first two legs of the European circuit.

A decision will then be taken as to their possible inclusion for the third and final leg in Exeter, which falls after the July 6 start of the training camp for the September 18-October 31 Rugby World Cup.

Read more on:    rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.