French coach Philippe Blain has recognized the significance of this weekend's two World League Intercontinental Round matches against Greece this weekend by naming a full strength 12-man lineup for the two games in Paris and Dijon.
With France currently sitting in third place in Pool D with only two weekends remaining - Pool D started a week ahead of the three other Pools - victory in both crucial fixtures this weekend will keep the World Championship bronze medallists in contention of qualifying for the World League Finals in Spain, which goes to the two top teams in each Pool.
Blain has accordingly named all his big game players in a lineup resembling the side, which took bronze at the World Championship last year for the first time this season. Libero Hubert Henno returns moving star attacker Stéphane Antiga into the starting lineup, while the star of last week's performances in Greece Junot Mistoco retains his place among names such as Daquin, Granvorka, Marquet and Capet. Olivier Kieffer is still unavailable due to injury.
Last weekend in Greece, France beat the home side 3-0 before Greece reversed the result in the second game, so in front of a home crowd the Tricolors will be hoping for better to keep them in touch with the leaders.
The Czech Republic currently lead Pool C with five wins, ahead of Greece on Set Ratio difference, who also have five wins and France sit in third spot with four victories.
France: Hubert Henno, Dominique Daquin, Junot Mistoco, Jean-Charles Monneraye, Stéphane Antiga, Laurent Capet, Frantz Granvorka, Vincent Montmeat, Loïc Lemarrec, Luc Marquet, Mathias Patin, Sébastien Frangolacci