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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 September, 2003, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Marsh ready to repay gamble
Tony Marsh
Marsh says he is mentally ready
Tony Marsh admits France have taken a risk by picking him for the Rugby World Cup.

The 31-year-old centre made Bernard Laporte's squad despite undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer and then suffering a torn calf muscle.

"I've only had four rugby sessions in the last 11 months," Marsh told l'Equipe newspaper.

"I've got a lot of work to do to get to the same fitness levels as the rest of the squad.

"The staff took a risk picking me and it's put extra pressure on me to get back to my old form... I'll do everything to be ready.

"I'm 100% ready mentally. I don't think about my illness any longer. It's in the past."

Backs: Fabien Galthie (captain), Dimitri Yachvili, Frederic Michalak, Gerald Merceron, Damien Traille, Tony Marsh, Yannick Jauzion, Brian Liebenberg, Christophe Dominici, Pepito Elhorga, Xavier Garbajosa, Aurelien Rougerie, Nicolas Brusque, Clement Poitrenaud.

Forwards: Jean-Jacques Crenca, Jean-Baptiste Poux, Sylvain Marconnet, Olivier Milloud, Yannick Bru, Raphael Ibanez, Olivier Brouzet, Fabien Pelous, David Auradou, Jereme Thion, Serbe Betsen, Olivier Magne, Imanol Harinordoquy, Patrick Tabacco, Christian Labit, Sebastien Chabal.

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