15 Oct 2022
What are the teams for France v Greece men at the Rugby League World Cup?
The two sides meet in Doncaster on Monday night
By Jack Lacey-Hatton
Laurent Frayssinous has selected his France squad for their Rugby League World Cup opener with Greece on Monday night.
Team captain and Catalans Dragons star Benjamin Garcia is in the match day squad for the Group A clash in Doncaster, while Salford Red Devils full-back Morgan Escaré is also included.
Greece coach Steve Georgallis is able to call upon some top-class experience in his squad for their very first match at a Rugby League World Cup finals.
Captain Jordan Meads will lead the Titans into their tournament bow, while there is NRL experience in the shape of talented half-back Lachlan Ilias and his South Sydney Rabbitohs teammates, Peter Mamouzelos and Chaise Robinson.
France: 1 Morgan Escare, 2 Arthur Romano, 3 Samisoni Langi, 4 Matthieu Laguerre, 5 Fouad Yaha, 6 Arthur Mourgue, 7 Tony Gigot, 8 Jordan Dezaria, 9 Alrix Da Costa, 10 Lambert Belmas, 11 Benjamin Jullien, 12 Paul Séguier, 13 Benjamin Garcia, 14 Eloi Pélissier, 15 Justin Sangaré, 17 Mickael Goudemand, 19 Corentin Le Cam, 21 Maxime Puech, 23 Cesar Rougé
Greece: 1 Chaise Robinson, 2 Siteni Taukamo, 3 Terry Constantinou, 4 Nick Mougios, 5 John Mitsias, 6 Lachlan Ilias, 7 Jordan Meads, 8 Robert Tuliatu, 9 Peter Mamouzelos, 10 Stefanos Bastas, 11 Mitchell Zampetides, 12 Nick Flocas, 13 Billy Magoulias, 14 Jake Kambos, 15 Myles Gal, 16 Sebastian Sell, 17 Theodoros Nianiakas, 19 Liam Sue-Tin, 18 Aris Dardamanis
Not only is this Greece’s first match at the Rugby League World Cup, it is also the very first international meeting between them and France.
Greece captain Jordan Meads has scored 16 tries from his eight internationals for Greece - more than any other player for the Titans. He also has previous experience of playing on English soil having spent a season with Newcastle Thunder.
Since the previous tournament in 2017 only England have beaten France in international rugby league.
They have four wins during that time, all coming against the other home nation sides (Wales twice, Ireland and Scotland)
Greece qualified for the finals via the 2019 European play-off tournament, with an 82-6 win over Serbia in Belgrade ensuring safe passage to England.
That made it five wins on the bounce for the Titans but they haven’t played an international team since qualifying.
In their warm-up match earlier this month Greece drew 34-34 with Bradford Bulls.
Players to watch
- France’s Arthur Mourgue has Super League Grand Final experience with the Catalan Dragons and the utility back will ease the leadership load on captain Benjamin Garcia.
- Greece’s half-back Lachlan Ilias scored five tries for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the 2022 NRL season in the club’s run to the preliminary finals.
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets