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Servat leads French BaaBaas

2012-11-13 22:24

Paris - Former France and Toulouse hooker William Servat will come out of retirement for the second time this season and captain the French Barbarians against Japan on November 25, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old - capped 49 times and who was a member of the side that lost 8-7 to the All Blacks in last year's World Cup final - retired at the end of last season bowing out on a high note as Toulouse retained the French title.

Servat, who is now the Toulouse forwards coach but came to the side's aid once this season when facing a crisis with their hookers he played against Stade Francais, will be joined by another former France regular and Toulouse stalwart Yannick Jauzion.

The French BaaBaas, created in 1977, are made up entirely of players from the French championship and place an emphasis on creative and flowing rugby.

Squad:

Forwards: Jean Bouilhou (Toulouse), Antonie Claasen (Castres), Ibrahim Diarra (Castres), Arnaud Heguy (Biarritz), Aretz Iguiniz (Bayonne), Erik Lund (Biarritz), Yohann Montes (Toulouse), Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse), Matthias Rolland (Castres), Williams Servat (Toulouse/capt), Robins Tchale Watchou (Perpignan), Yvan Watremez (Montpellier)

Backs: Heini Adams (Bordeaux-Begles), Hugo Bonneval (Stade Francais), Henry Chavancy (Racing-Metro), Jean-Marc Doussain (Toulouse), Jerome Fillol (Stade Francais), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Benjamin Lapeyre (Toulon), Camille Lopez (Bordeaux-Begles), Jean-Marc Mazzonetto (Mont-de-Marsan), Marvin O'Connor (Bayonne).

AFP