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Champions Cup: big return of Kolisi and Le Garrec well and truly absent to face Toulouse

An absence of weight.

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Champions Cup: big return of Kolisi and Le Garrec well and truly absent to face Toulouse

An absence of weight. Racing 92 travels to Toulouse on Sunday (4 p.m.), for a shock at the top in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup. But the Altoséquanais club will be deprived of its international scrum-half, Nolann Le Garrec, victim of a concussion on Saturday against Clermont in the Top 14, confirmed the Ile-de-France coach Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday. What the president of Racing 92, Laurent Travers, announced to Le Figaro on Tuesday.

“Nolann is doing well, he has no symptoms: he is going through the different stages of the concussion protocol, which makes him unavailable for the next match,” explained the English technician this Wednesday at a press conference. pre-match.

Le Garrec (21 years old, 5 caps) will only be able to apply for the following match of the Hauts-de-Seine club, either the possible quarter-final of the Champions Cup in the event of qualification (April 12), or the match of Top 14 against Oyonnax the following week. The number 9 of Racing 92 suffered a concussion during the victory against Clermont (26-10) on Saturday in the Top 14. The head of Le Garrec, who came out after a minute and was replaced by Tristan Tedder, hit the Arena's synthetic pitch following a tackle from Clermont winger Yérim Fall.

As for fly-half Antoine Gibert, who suffered an ankle injury against ASM, “it’s 50-50,” added Lancaster. Concern also for hooker Camille Chat, affected during the warm-up before the same match against Clermont at Paris La Défense Arena. “For these two players, a decision will be made on Friday, before we go to Toulouse on Saturday,” specifies the English manager. In the absence of Le Garrec and possibly Gibert, the Ile-de-France hinge should be made up of Clovis Le Bail and Tristan Tedder.

Among the rare good news on the Ciel et Blanc side, there is the return to competition of South African third row Siya Kolisi, who had been sidelined after an operation on a finger on his right hand. “I feel good, my hand is better,” confided the flanker of the double world champions Springboks. I resumed training last week, I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.” And added: “I really love being on the pitch, more than anything. I tried to come back faster than expected last week but the staff and doctors told me to wait a little longer..."

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