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Last Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Prop Balan makes Romanian squad
Biazzritz prop Petru Balan
Biarritz prop Petru Balan is a familiar face to French rugby fans
Romania have announced a World Cup squad which includes a number of players with experience of France's premier Top 14 competition.

Biarritz prop Petru Balan and Perpignan flanker Ovidiu Tonita are among their stand-out players, while over half the squad play their club rugby in France.

The only player with an English connection is 24-year-old prop Paulica Ion, who has signed for Bath.

Romania are in Pool C alongside New Zealand, Scotland, Italy and Portugal.


Romania World Cup squad:

Forwards: Petru Balan (Biarritz), Bogdan Balan (Montauban), Cezar Popescu (Agen), Petrisor Toderasc (Brive), Ion Paulica (Bath), Marius Tincu (Perpignan), Razvan Mavrodin (Pau), Sorin Socul (Pau, captain), Cristian Petre (Béziers), Valentin Ursache (Arad), Augustin Petrichei (Béziers), Ovidiu Tonita (Perpignan), Costica Mersoiu (Dinamo Bucharest), Florin Corodeanu (Grenoble), Alexandru Manta (Castres), Alexandru Tudori (Dinamo Bucharest).

Backs: Valentin Calafateanu (Dinamo Bucharest), Lucian Sirbu (Béziers), Ionut Dimofte (Arad), Ionut Tofan (Limoges), Romeo Gontineac (Aurillac), Csaba Gal, Catalin Dascalu, Dan Vlad (Steaua Bucharest), Catalin Fercu, Ion Teodorescu (Arad), Gabriel Brezoianu (Bordeaux), Iulian Dumitras (Pau), Florian Vlaicu, Catalin Nicolae (Steaua Bucharest).



SEE ALSO
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment
Country profile: Romania
21 May 07 |  Country profiles
Romania RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides


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