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France Women announce 32 contracts post-World Cup

By Lucy Lomax
France celebrate after teammate Pauline Bourdon scored a try during the New Zealand 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup bronze-final match between Canada and France at Eden Park in Auckland on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Michael Bradley / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

France coaches Gaelle Mignot and David Ortiz have announced a revamped 32-strong playing squad, contracted until June 2024, as a new era begins for the team.

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In December, Mignot and Ortiz took over from Thomas Darracq, who guided France to third place at the 2021 Rugby World Cup, with Annick Hayraud also stepping down after spending five years as manager.

Since the completion of the delayed 2021 World Cup, prominent players Safi N’Diaye, Marjorie Mayans, Laure Sansus and Celine Ferer all called time on their international careers after coming away with bronze medals in New Zealand.

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France Women’s season will begin with camps in February and early March before attentions turn to the TikTok Women’s 6 Nations where they will be looking to win their first title since 2018 when they secured the Grand Slam.

France begin their Six Nations campaign with two away games against Italy and Ireland before welcoming Scotland to the Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

Les Bleues then travel to Grenoble to face Wales before coming up against England in front of a potential record crowd at Twickenham on Super Saturday.

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32 contracted players:

Julie Annery (Stade Bordelais)

Cyrielle Banet (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

Rose Bernadou (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

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Axelle Berthounieu (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Caroline Bouajrd (Montpellier Hérault Rugby

Pauline Bourdon (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

Morgane Bourgeois (Stade Bordelais)

Yllana Brosseau (Stade Bordelais)

Alexandra Chambom (FC Grenoble Amazones)

Annaëlle Deshaye (Stade Bordelais)

Célia Domain (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Marie Dupouy (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Charlotte Escudero (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Madoussou Fall (Stade Bordelais)

Manae Feleu (FC Grenoble Amazones)

Maëlle Filopon (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

Audrey Forlani (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Emeline Gros (FC Grenoble Amazones)

Gaëlle Hermet (Stade Toulousain Rugby)

Clara Joyeux (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Assia Khalfaoui (Stade Bordelais)

Coco Lindelauf (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Mélissande Llorens (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Marine Menager (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

Romane Menager (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

Lina Queyroi (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

Elisa Riffoneau (Stade Rennais Rugby)

Agathe Sochat (Stade Bordelais)

Laure Touyé (Montpellier Hérault Rugby)

Jessy Trémoulière (ASM Romagnat Rugby Féminin)

Gabrielle Vernier (Blagnac Rugby Féminin)

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