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Saracens’ Fercu included in Romania World Cup squad

Saracens full-back Catalin Fercu has been included as Romania head coach Lynn Howells named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.

Fercu made one appearance in Aviva Premiership Rugby last season, coming off the bench against Harlequins in March.

He also scored a try in the LV= Cup against Exeter Chiefs and will provide one of the key threats for Romania – who are in Pool D alongside France, Ireland, Canada and Italy – and have never reached the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Howells, who was assistant coach to Wales under Graham Henry at the 1999 World Cup, has also called on Michael Wiringi who – alongside Paula Kinikinilau, Johannes van Heerden and Otar Turashvili, has qualified for The Oaks under the three-year residency rule.

“We’ve not got any injuries so we’ve picked the 31 top players in Romania,” said the Welshman.

“The way we want to play has dictated selection more than anything else. Michael reads the game very well and is very instinctive and decisive in his decision-making which is what we need in order to develop our attacking game. He’s done really well since coming into the set-up.”

Romania begin their World Cup campaign against France at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 23.
 
Romania RWC 2015 squad:
 
Forwards:
Paulica Ion, Mihaita Lazar, Andrei Ursache, Alexandru Tarus, Horatiu Pungea, Andrei Radoi, Otar Turashvili, Eugen Capatana, Valentin Popirlan, Johannes van Heerden, Marius Antonescu, Valentin Ursache, Mihai Macovei, Viorel Lucaci, Stelian Burcea, Ovidiu Tonita, Daniel Carpo.
 
Backs: Florin Surugiu, Valentin Calafeteanu, Tudorel Bratu, Danut Dumbrava, Michael Wiringi, Paula Kinikilau, Florin Vlaicu, Csaba Gal, Adrian Apostol, Ionut Botezatu, Florin Ionita, Madalin Lemnaru, Catalin Fercu, Sabin Stratila.

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