Escare out as France name 18-man squad for Ireland clash

French boss Richard Agar has named his 18-man squad for this Saturday’s game against Ireland in the European Championship.

Catalan Dragons’ star full-back Morgan Escare has been omitted after failing to recover from a hip injury.

Despite losing their best player, the French are still clear favourites to win the competition.

France’s 18-man squad to face Ireland
Jean-Philippe Baile (St Esteve-XIII Catalan)
Jason Baitieri (Catalan Dragons)
William Barthau (Catalan Dragons)
Julian Bousquet (Catalan Dragons)
Damien Cardace (Catalan Dragons)
Théo Fages (Salford Red Devils)
Jamal Fakir (Lezignan)
Benjamin Garcia (Catalan Dragons)
Kevin Larroyer (Hull KR)
Thibaut Margalet (St Esteve-XIII Catalan)
Rémy Marginet (Palau)
Antoni Maria (Catalan Dragons)
Tony Maurel (Toulouse)
Mathias Pala (St Esteve-XIII Catalan)
Eloi Pelissier (Catalan Dragons)
Mickael Simon (St Esteve-XIII Catalan)
Frédéric Vaccari (Palau)
Aaron Wood (Toulouse)