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Top 14: Without Kolisi and Fickou, Racing rotate in Clermont

2023-12-02T09:10:02.171Z

Highlights: Racing 92 travel to Clermont in the Top 14 on Saturday evening (21:5 p.m.) Ile-de-France side rest internationals Siya Kolisi, Gaël Fickou, Henry Arundell, and Juan Imhoff. Second-row Cameron Woki, who has been unstoppable in the lineout until now, will once again be tasked with reigning supreme in this area. South Africa's two-time World Cup winning prop Trevor Nyakane returns to a pack that relies heavily on him in the scrum.


With one week to go before the start of the European Cup, the Ile-de-France club has decided to rest several key players during their trip this Saturday.


Everything is going well for the leader. So much so that he can afford to review the squad for his trip to Clermont this Saturday evening (21:5 p.m.). On the strength of their two victories at Stade Français (13-9) and against La Rochelle (32-10) and their high-flying run that has propelled them to the top of the Top 14 standings, Racing 92 have decided to rest their internationals Siya Kolisi, Gaël Fickou, Henry Arundell, and Juan Imhoff and to place Nolann Le Garrec on the bench. The goal for them is to be at the top of their game on Sunday 10 December when they host Harlequins on Matchday 1 of the European Cup.

The Ile-de-France side cannot afford a bad start in a competition whose group stage is divided into just four games. On the other hand, the Top 14 marathon, which takes place over twenty-six days, offers them a completely different margin of manoeuvre. However, the Ciel et Blanc are not taking this trip to Auvergne lightly.

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— Racing 92 (@racing92) December 1, 2023

Second-row Cameron Woki, who has been unstoppable in the lineout until now, will once again be tasked with reigning supreme in this area. He will be teamed up for the first time with Tongan's Veikoso Poloniati (2.03m, 130kg), who has been heralded as a phenomenon even if he has not yet fully found his place among the Ile-de-France team. South Africa's two-time World Cup winning prop Trevor Nyakane returns to a pack that relies heavily on him in the scrum.

Le Bail-Tedder Hinge

The three-quarters will be led by a Le Bail - Tedder hinge and will rely on the speed of their winger Donovan Taofifenua, trained at Clermont, who is expecting a decisive start to the match. "We know that this is something that is very important for Urios and for the ASM," he said. We'll have to be ready from the start of the game. »

An interesting test for a team that, on paper, has little to envy to the big guns in the championship. A team that has also announced the extension of the contract of its fly-half Antoine Gibert, who rests this Saturday, for the next three seasons. A 25-year-old player trained at the club, brilliant last Sunday against La Rochelle.

The teams

Clermont: Newsome - Delguy, Simone (capt.), Moala, Rozière - (o) Urdapilleta, (m) Bézy - Kremer, Lee, Tixera - Simmons, Lanen - Ojovan, Fainga'a, Falgoux. Man.: Urios.

Racing 92 : Spring - Taofifenua, Klemenczak, Chavancy (capt.), Habosi - (o) Tedder, (m) Le Bail - Baudonne, Lauret, Diallo - Poloniati, Woki - Laclayat, Tarrit, Nyakane. Man.: Lancaster.

Source: leparis

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