Spanish national coach Santiago Santos has named the squad that will face Russia in Sochi next month.
The list shows Santos wants to keep on the same path traced last year and there are no significant changes but it is important to mention the inclusion of two new backs in the team; Gareth Griffiths (VRAC) and Mathieu Belié (USAP Perpignan).
Former France U20, Toulouse, Racing and Bayonne fly-half/scrum-half Belié will bring invaluable experience to the team.
Last meeting between these teams was last year in the same tournament when Spain won 42-20.
Spain: Thibaut Alvarez, Juan Anaya, Sergi Aubanell, David Barrera, Mathieu Belie, Francisco Blanco, Anibal Bonan, Xerom Civil, Ignacio Contardi, Javier de Juan, Jonathan Garcia, Julen Goia, David Gonzalez, Gareth Grigffiths, Brad Linklater, Fernando Lopez, Gregory Maiquez, Jesus Moreno, Facundo Munilla, Jaime Nava, Jesus Recuerda, Mathieu Roca, Dan Snee.
Russia vs Spain
Date: 6th February 2016
Venue: Yug-Sport Stadium, Sochi, Russia.