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European Cup: Racing 92 ready for gala match against Harlequins

2023-12-10T07:37:41.291Z

Highlights: European Cup: Racing 92 ready for gala match against Harlequins. The Ile-de-France club begin their European campaign by hosting Harle Quins London this Sunday (18:30 p.m.) at Paris La Défense Arena. The Ciel et Blancs, leaders of the Top 14 who rested most of their internationals last week in the league (23-18 defeat at Clermont), are fielding their typical team. The pack includes Cameron Woki and South African world champions Siya Kolisi and Trevor Nyakane.


The Ile-de-France club begin their European campaign by hosting Harlequins London this Sunday (18:30 p.m.) at Paris La Défense Arena. The oc


An early party? Fireworks under a concrete sky? In any case, we expect to see all the colours on the artificial turf of Paris La Défense Arena between Racing 92 and Harlequins this Sunday in the early evening (18.30pm).

First of all, because the English are inveterate players whose great strength is to move the game and give it a frenzied rhythm. Secondly, because this kind of team suits the Sky and Whites perfectly, much more solid on their front legs, skilled in counter-attacks, and often allows them to find spaces.

The Ile-de-France side, who will travel to Irish side Ulster on 16 December, then to English side Bath on 14 January, before wrapping up their group stage at home to Welsh side Cardiff on 20 January, have a path to the finals to begin with the round of 6 on <> April in the shoes of possible successors to La Rochelle, who have won the title in the last two seasons.

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@Harlequins on Sunday!

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This is the stated objective. "Racing 92 have been to the final of this competition three times (2016, 2018, 2020) without winning it, so it is a priority for us," said manager Stuart Lancaster. The club's goal is to add a star to the shirt. »

The Ciel et Blancs, leaders of the Top 14 who rested most of their internationals last week in the league (23-18 defeat at Clermont), are fielding their typical team and arrive full of confidence on the European scene.

In the three-quarters, around captain Gaël Fickou and the experienced Juan Imhoff, the young English prodigy Henry Arundell started at full-back. The pack includes Cameron Woki and South African world champions Siya Kolisi and Trevor Nyakane, as well as hooker Camille Chat.

Harlequins, third in the Premiership, also have a case to make. "They have a very good attacking game with fly-half Marcus Smith and scrum-half Danny Care," said Stuart Lancaster. They can score tries and playing at the Arena is also in their DNA. So we'll have to be at our best defensively. »

The teams

Racing 92. Arundell - Habosi, Fickou (capt.), Saili, Imhoff - (o) Gibert, (m) Le Garrec - Kolisi, Lauret, Diallo - Palu, Woki - Nyakane, Chat, Gogichashvili. Man. :Lancaster.

Harlequins. Green - David, Joseph, Esterhuizen, Murley - (o) Smith, (m) Care - Evans, Dombrandt (capt.), Cunningham-South - Lamb, Launchbury - Lewis, Riley, Marler. Man. :Matson.

Source: leparis

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