The New Zealand winger appears to have insufficiently recovered his ankle. Practice resumed on Thursday only, with the players bibs out of the group.
Aviron Bayonnais will play his last league game, which is crucial to keeping him in the Top 14, perhaps without Joe Ravouvou. The all-black seven-year-old international winger doesn’t seem to have recovered enough of his ankle to face the Stade Français this Saturday at 9pm.
Rafovo resumed training on Thursday. He did not play the last two games in rowing in Toulouse (28-32) and Montpellier (23-19).
Ordas at the opening
Note that during the defeat at Herault, Yannick Pro and his staff lost match opener Maxime Lavage (elbow) and left columnist Matisse Berchod (knee). Instead of the latter, Swan Cormenier returns to the group. Manuel Ordas will collect game keys upon opening.
The set should be approximately the same as on the last day. Note that with the rain announced this Saturday, the coach and his assistants can select six forwards and two three-quarters off the bench. This path carries the rope.
Possible team: German – Luke, Muscarditz (c), Lestrade, Duhau – (o) Ordas, (m) Ruru – Duputs, Amosa, Usarraga – Galarza, Ducat – Nixon, Ulugia, Boniface. Possible alternatives: Van Jaarsveld, Cormenier, Mikautadze, Luamanu, Rouet, Costossèque (or Baget), Monribot (or Taofifenua), Mousset.