Facing Brive on Saturday (5 p.m.) as part of the 17th day of the French Championship, Racing 92 will field three players released by the tricolor staff, in particular Virimi Vakatawa. The three-quarter international wing Teddy Thomas, injured during the rally of the Blues, is still absent and will not return to competition for another three weeks. Released by the tricolor technical staff, the French internationals Ibrahim Diallo, Virimi Vakatawa and Donovan Taofifenua are on the match sheet to receive Brive on Saturday (5 p.m.). But not Yoann Tanga. World champion prop Trevor Nyakane, who took his first steps in his new colors last week, is expected to be in the squad again. The composition of Racing 92 Beale – D. Taofifenua, Vakatawa, Klemenczak, Imhoff – (o) Volavola, (m) Machenaud – Chouzenoux, Hemery, Lauret – Bresler, L. Jones – Gomes Sa, Chat, Ben Arous.
Replacements: Baubigny, Kolingar, Moreaux, Diallo, Short, Gibert, Dupichot, Nyakane. Brive without its Georgians CAB will be deprived of five of its Georgian internationals due to a test match in the Tournament bis, namely prop Luka Japaridze, hooker Vano Karkadze, third-line center Otar Giorgadze, scrum-half Vasil Lobzhanidze and flyhalf Tedo Abzhandadze. Added to these absences is that of the Argentinian second-line Lucas Paulos, suspended after his red card received against Biarritz. Note the return of Australian second-line Mitch Lees and Italian international right pillar Pietro Ceccarelli, who was not retained with the Nazionale to face the fifteen of France. The composition of Brive Tuicuvu – Douglas, Lee, Olding, Jurand – (o) Hervé, (m) Abadie – Voisin, Fa’aso’o, Abadie – Lees, Zafra – Ceccarelli, Narisia, Thompson-Stringer.
Replacements: Matu’u, Brennan, Lebas, D. Lam, Sanga, Galletier, Tiregort, Bekoshvili. read also The calendar of the 17th day of Top 14