Gaëlle Mignot (pictured) will lead a France squad combining youth and experience at Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 with the hooker one of four players set to play in her fourth tournament.

Fellow forward Manon Andre and classy centre pairing Caroline Ladagnous and Elodie Poublan are the others back for a fourth tilt at the title, while a further seven players played in the 2014 edition on home soil when France finished third including rampaging numbr eight Safi N'Diaye and full-back Jessy Tremouliere.

Ladagnous is one of five players in the squad who played for France at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with sevens a common theme with nearly half of the players have appeared on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2016-17, a campaign which saw France confirm their place at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco.


Among those players is fly-half Montserrat Amedee, the only uncapped member of the squad that has Mignot and Poublan as its most-capped players with 65 tests apiece.

France will begin their campaign against Japan, the nation they fittingly faced in their first ever Women's Rugby World Cup match back in 1991, before tackling Australia and host nation Ireland in Pool C. 

Les Bleues were victorious when they met Ireland in the third place play-off three years ago, but the Irish edged a tight battle 13-10 in this year's Six Nations in Dublin.

"It was a tough selection process. We tried to get the best team possible by always having the collective in mind. Those who missed out are not forgotten - there's a standby list of players who will continue to prepare in case they're need," admitted coach Samuel Cherouk.

Manager Annick Hayraud, who graced the WRWC stage in her playing days, added: "The training has been short and sharp. It's very intense and replicating the levels of a test match. While they are training hard, the girls are feeling fresh both mentally and physically, and they're growing more and more individually and as a collective.

"We are ambitious, no doubt. We have shown that we want to be world champions and should not be afraid to say so."

France squad

Forwards: Manon Andre, Julie Annery, Lise Arricastre, Patricia Carricaburu, Lénaig Corson, Annaëlle Deshayes, Julie Duval, Céline Ferer, Audrey Forlani, Romane Menager, Gaëlle Mignot (captain), Safi N'Diaye, Caroline Thomas, Dhia Traore.

Backs: Audrey Abadie, Montserrat Amedee, Caroline Boujard, Caroline Drouin, Elodie Guiglion, Shannon Izar, Caroline Ladagnous, Jade Le Pesq, Marjorie Mayans, Carla Neisen, Chloé Pelle, Elodie Poublan, Yanna Rivoalen, Jessy Tremouliere.