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Top 14: Montpellier-Racing, the shock of inconstancy


The 15th day of Top 14 ends with a clash between Montpellier, reigning French champion, and Racing. However, the two clubs, if they avoid the crisis, do not show great serenity.

It must be the start of change for us

,” warns Paul Willemse.

The second row from Montpellier, who returned to competition a few weeks ago, is laying the foundations before the reception of Racing 92 this Sunday.

The reigning French champion is skating.

After a good start to the season and three wins in four games, the MHR chained four defeats in a row, before three successes.

Montpellier, champion of France and inconstancy.

For six games, the Cistes have not chained two triumphs in a row.

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Same song on the Racing 92 side. After a prosperous period of five straight wins, Laurent Travers' players remain on four games without a win in all competitions.

Badly embarked on the Champions Cup, the people of Ile-de-France must absolutely get their heads back in place as quickly as possible so as not to tumble in the championship.

And it starts with a trip to GGL Stadium.

Give yourself some air, before receiving the Harlequins and moving to the Irish of Leinster to endorse this European Cup group stage.

In search of continuity

Two clubs looking for their first successes in 2023, which have stirred up the transfer market more in recent days.

After a cascade of injuries to the forwards, Montpellier set out to find a second line.

It's done with the arrival of Elliott Stooke, an English international who came straight from Bristol.

The 29-year-old already on the front line with the Cistes.

A few hours before that, Racing 92 had announced a big blow with the arrival of reigning world champion Siya Kolisi.

The Springbok captain will come to reinforce the Ciel et Blanc pack after the next World Cup in France.

We must take our troubles patiently on the side of the Ile-de-France supporters.

A renowned player, among the best in the world, and an arrival that is unanimous.


For the club, it's a good thing to have signed the captain of the South African world champions,

" said Wenceslas Lauret at a press conference


He is a very great figure in his country but also as a player, who will bring his experience


Same story for 21-year-old rear Max Spring.

He is already a legend of rugby while he is still playing, because of the values ​​he transmits in the national team.


Before that, it is on the lawns of the Top 14 and the Champions Cup that Racing, in the middle of a year of transition, must find its values.

For its part, Montpellier, which “

needs points to stay at the top of the rankings

”, according to assistant Alexandre Ruiz, will want to celebrate 2023 with a first success at home.

See you this Sunday at 9 p.m. for the storm and the storm.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-01-08

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