This Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Stadium in Toulouse, the XV of France will play its third and last test of the autumn tour. The staff of the Blues unveiled this Friday the team composition where four Toulouse are among the holders.
It’s the event of the weekend in Toulouse: the XV of France returns to the Stadium. The last time the Blues played in the Toulouse lair was six years ago. Les Tricolores, under the orders of Guy Novès, coach at the time, had won 52-8 against Samoa on November 12, 2016. This was also a test match of the tour of fall.
If Toulouse will find the Blues on Sunday, several major absentees are to be deplored in the ranks of the XV of France and in particular … of Toulouse. Antoine Dupont, suspended, Thibaud Flament, concussed against South Africa, and Cyril Baille, injured, are unavailable for the reception of the “Brave Blossoms”. In the absence of captain Antoine Dupont, it is Charles Ollivon who will take on this role which he occupied at the start of Fabien Galthié’s mandate.
Five Toulousains on the match sheet
Despite these absences, five “red and black” will tread the lawn of the Stadium and four will start: Thomas Ramos, at the back, Romain Ntamack, at the opening, Anthony Jelonch, in the third line, Julien Marchand, at the heel, and Peato Mauvaka, as “finisher”.
Compared to the first two tests against Australia and South Africa, where the same two starting XVs were aligned, there are three changes to note: Maxime Lucu in place of Antoine Dupont, Romain Taofifenua replaces Thibaud Flament and Reda Wardi in place of Cyril Baille.