May 15, 2003 - French coach Philippe Blain has named his team of 12 players for the opening match of the 2003 World League against the Czech Republic on Friday night with three key players - Stéphane Antiga, Luc Marquet and Olivier Kieffer - all missing due to injury.
Kieffer missed France's qualification matches for the European Championship matches last weekend while Marquet and Antiga both played, however all have been labeled as possible starters for the second week of matches against Japan on May 23.
Following on from a bronze medal performance at the 2002 World Championship Blain has named what he calls a "rejuvenated team," in hope of carrying on the good performances of 2002.
While the new lineup boasts regulars such as captain Dominique Daquin, Laurent Capet, Frantz Granvorka and Mathias Patin, young players such as Philippe Barca-Cysique and Jean Charles Monneraye have been given the opportunity to prove their credentials. Debutants Loic Lemarrec and Guillaume Samica have also got the opportunity to respond to the vote of confidence they have been given.
France: 2) Hubert Henno; 3) Dominique Daquin; 4) Andy Ces; 6) Jean-Charles Monneraye; 8) Laurent Capet; 9) Frantz Granvorka; 10) Vincent Montmeat; 11) Loic Lemarrec; 14) Philippe Barca-Cysique; 15) Guillaume Samica; 16) Mathias Patin; 18) Sebastien Frangolacci.