The duels that will follow –

The duels that will follow –

Stade Toulousain and Stade Rochelais (Photo by Eddie Lumestri/Icon Sport)

The first 14 Final, which will be held on Saturday evening at the Stade de France between Toulouse and La Rochelle, presents exciting confrontations for the 2023 World Cup. There will be a clash between Metronium Dolin and Ramos, an Australian confrontation between Mevu and Skelton, as well as the duel between Netmac and Hastoy in the opening.

Brice Dulin / ThomasRamos, masters of the kicking game: At La Rochelle, Brice Dulin impressed with his left foot, easily adding a meter with each kick. He is a tireless runner, putting in a lot of effort. He plays a decisive role in the system of the game, as Antoine Hastoy noted after the semi-final against Bordeaux Biglis. As for Ramos, he proved himself this season as the number one position with the French national team, becoming the tournament’s top scorer with 84 points.

Cyril Baille / Uini Atonio, exceptional cornerbacks: The XV from France is fortunate to have exceptional players in key positions such as Cyril Baille from Toulouse (1.82m, 116kg), considered one of the best left cornerers in the world, and Uini Atonio La Rochelle (1.96 m, 145 kg), his counterpart is on the right. Reliable, efficient and experienced, they are capable of anything, including scoring attempts (Baile has scored twice this season), as Attonio joked during his France debut against Wales.

Emmanuel Mevu / Will Skelton, pair of Australians: The second-row Australian from Toulouse, who Fabien Galthi would like to join, played just 47 minutes in the semi-final against Racing 92 before exiting as a precaution, he was omnipresent. Scoring his 12th try of the season, making him the Stade Toulouse’s top scorer, the New Zealand-Australian giants (2.03m, 145kg) demonstrated their versatility, strength and physicality. His compatriot Will Skelton, also from New Zealand but a member of the Wallabies, is a staple of his club due to his ability to steer balls carried by the Maritimes, with tremendous efficiency, as he proved again in Anoeta against Bordeaux-Begles. La Rochelle strikers coach Romaine Carmenani sees similar traits in those characters, although Weil could have a little better experience in European competitions and on the international stage.

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Romain Ntamack / Antoine Hastoy in light of the World Cup: The opening half position for France has been held by Romain Ntamack for three seasons, but he needs a full double like him in terms of animation, distribution and accuracy on the foot. . In recent weeks, La Rochelle opener Antoine Hastoy scored points against rival Mathieu Jalibert, thanks to flawless performance and control. If he performs exceptionally at the Stade de France, the former Pau could deal a blow to his rival, who has often been inconsistent this season at the club and is regularly plagued by injury.

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