Toulouse's second lines Emmanuel Meafou and Thibaud Flament are not yet sufficiently recovered from their injuries to resume competition this weekend in the Top 14, Toulouse management indicated on Monday. Respectively affected in one knee and one foot, Meafou and Flament resumed racing individually, but still not collective training.
They will not participate in the Oyonnax reception on Saturday during the 15th day of the Top 14 and probably not in the French team's next match in the Six Nations Tournament, on February 25 against Italy in Lille. Stade Toulousain will also not be able to count on six French internationals this weekend who are protected as part of an agreement between the French Federation (FFR) and the National League (LNR).
These are the pillars Cyril Baille and Dorian Aldegheri, the hookers Julien Marchand and Peato Mauvaka, the third row François Cros and the back Thomas Ramos. Scrum half Antoine Dupont, who played the last two days of the championship with his club, is now available to the French sevens rugby team, with a view to the Paris Olympic Games this summer.
The reigning French champions will, however, be able to count against Oyonnax on the third row Alexandre Roumat, who honored his first selection in Scotland on Saturday, the winger Matthis Lebel, already in training on Monday in the Toulouse rain, and the Italian international fullback or winger Ange Capuozzo, expected Tuesday or Wednesday.
The English third row Jack Willis is spared this week, the Scottish international fullback Blair Kinghorn is still recovering from a sprained ankle and the winger or center Dimitri Delibes (shoulder) remains in the infirmary. The operation last week on Blues third row Anthony Jelonch, who suffered a torn cruciate ligament in his right knee in January, also went well, according to the Rouge et Noir staff. Second row Piula Fa'asalele is suspended for a cumulative three yellow cards.