The French national federation announced a list of 24 players selected by men’s national team head coach Laurent Tillie who will start preparations for the upcoming 2021 FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Italy and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. 26-year-old opposite Stephen Boyer, who skipped the team’s last official competition for personal reasons, is back on the roster.
Outside hitters Trevor Clevenot and Thibault Rossard, who were absent from Europe’s Tokyo Qualification Tournament in January 2020 because of injuries, are also part of Tillie’s selection.
2018 VNL silver medallists France will start training on May 12 in Mulhouse with Kevin Le Roux, the Best Middle Blocker of the inaugural VNL edition, and 10 more players involved. Another 13 athletes, including 2018 VNL Dream Teamers Benjamin Toniutti and Jenia Grebennikov, will be summoned to join them on May 17.
The team is scheduled to make the trip to Rimini and enter the VNL security ‘bubble’ on May 24, four days ahead of the first competition day.
Players called up:
Antoine Brizard, Benjamin Toniutti, Leo Meyer, Thomas Gill
Jean Patry, Jhon Wendt, Stephen Boyer, Theo Faure
Earvin Ngapeth, Julien Lyneel, Kevin Tillie, Pierre Derouillon, Thibault Rossard, Timothee Carle, Trevor Clevenot, Yacine Louati
Barthelemy Chinenyeze, Daryl Bultor, Gildas Prevert, Kevin Le Roux, Mousse Gueye, Nicolas Le Goff
Benjamin Diez, Jenia Grebennikov
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