Recovered from his double operation (herniated disc, elbow) Sébastien Vahaamahina finds his place in the heart of the Clermont pack for the resumption of the championship. The second line “yellow and blue” will wear the captain’s armband for the first team roster of Jono Gibbes. The Irish opener, author of a very good offseason, will start his first match in “yellow and blue” in an attack line where the young hope, Thomas Rozière, will evolve at the back, as during the two preparatory meetings.
Deprived of 6 of his players in the three-quarter line (Kotaro Matsushima, Damian Penaud, Samuel Ezeala, Cheikh Tiberghien, Apisai Naqalevu and Jean-Pascal Barraque) Jono Gibbes saw his choices reduced for this first day of the championship. It will be a new opportunity for Thomas Rozière who thus signs his second tenure (after a trip to Castres in 2020) with Clermont. The Irish opener, JJ Hanrahan already at the opening during the two preparation matches retains his position while Camille Lopez returns to the group and will be on the bench.
200th TOP 14 match for Rabah Slimani!
In front we will note the returns ofEtienne Falgoux relaunched on the lawn of Issoire after 7 months of unavailability due to a disinsertion of the hamstrings. The left-hander will be well supported by the experienced Adrien Pélissié and Rabah Slimani (who will sign his 200th Top 14 match) will form the first row with him. Behind Morgan Parra to accompany JJ Hanrahan for his first league game. The Irish opener will also be able to draw on the experience of the pair of centers George Moala – Wesley Fofana. Finally the tricolors (not used during the Australian tour) are all in the group: Alivereti Raka will start while Etienne Fourcade and Tani Vili are on the bench.
The match against LOU Rugby counting for the first day of TOP 14 is to be followed live on Canal + tomorrow from 5.45 p.m. and to be experienced live on our application and our social networks.