Casty restored as France captain
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Catalans Dragons skipper Remi Casty has been restored as captain of France for the international against England in Avignon on Saturday, October 22.
The former Sydney Roosters prop was among a host of absentees when the French suffered an 84-4 humiliation in their last meeting with England in Leigh last October after missing the last two months of the season with a knee injury.
Casty is one of 11 Dragons players named in new coach Aurelien Cologni's 20-man squad for the game at Parc des Sports.
Catalans half-back Lucas Albert was among the players discarded from Cologni's initial 26-strong squad, along with St Helens scrum-half Theo Fages.
Wakefield prop Mickael Simon, Warrington second rower Benjamin Jullien, Castleford prop Gadwin Springer, Hull KR second rower Kevin Larroyer, and London Broncos scrum-half William Barthau are part of the reduced squad.