What’s been happening since European Championships in 2016? – include Euro Cup, domestic competitions, or other tournaments you’ve attended.
The French team improved once again at the Euro Cup last year, finishing in fifth place. The recent ANZAC Cup was also a clear sign of the improvement, having surprised the Australian team by an even first quarter, however, failing to take their chances in front of goal meant that the Australians would over-run the home team, particularly in the third quarter.
When did you finalise your IC17 squad?
The French squad was named at the completion of the French cup last December.
What’s scheduled/planned for the months leading up to IC17?
The French league is one of the few competitions in the world which plays during the AFL off season, so our French national players have been representing all 8 clubs in the CNFA. The season completed recently with the ALFA Lions from Lyon winning the premiership at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. The team is now in full training mode for IC and they will play an 18 vs 18 match in France before completing their preparation in Sydney at the end of July.
Who’s impressed on the training track/trials?
The French team has a good mix of experienced players and exciting young prospects. A player that has really stood out is Pierre Leschales from Lyon. Having trained hard during only his second season of footy, Pierre won best on ground at the ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux and followed that up with player of the tournament at the French North Cup.
Coach’s thoughts? – Andrew Unsworth
I’m really excited about the group of players that we have for this year’s IC. One of the challenges this team faces is that only three of the players have experience playing 18 a side football in Australia. Individuals need to make sure that they are physically ready for the large Australian grounds. I’ll need to ensure a solid team structure and a game plan that allows them to use their speed and strength across the large grounds.
Julien Gil – Toulouse Hawks
Sylain Maylie – Blagnac Aviators
Mathieu Ostorero – ALFA Lions
Fabien Floch – Toulouse Hawks
Francois Daniel – Paris Cockatoos
Pierre Leschasles – ALFA Lions
Cyrille Gandolfo – Toulouse Hawks
Jacob Raiwalui – Paris Cockatoos
Benoit Treuillet – Bordeaux Bombers
Jeremy Sardin – Perpignan Tigers
Ludo Barrat – Toulouse Hawks
Franck Nussbaumer – Paris Cockerels
Vincent Monnier – Bordeaux Bombers
Anthony Girard – Blagnac Aviators
Marco Pinto – Bordeaux Bombers
Raphael Ubeda – Bordeaux Bombers
Pierre Boscart – Paris Cockerels
Thomas Depondt – ALFA Lions
Gregoire Patacq – South Australia
Clement Bouchet – Paris Cockatoos
Julien Dagois – Paris Cockatoos
Maxime Favero – Cergy Coyotes
Simon Mondin – Toulouse Hawks
Thomas Crepin – Cergy Coyotes
Nicolas Boche – ALFA Lions
Anthony Bernad – Perpignan Tigers
Sam Rat – Bordeaux Bombers
Stephane Wezel – Toulouse Hawks
Pierre Napoleon – ALFA Lions