Thomas Ramos and Romain Ndamak were among the possible starters against Australia at the Stade de France next Saturday during a second high-intensity session at the Marquis this Saturday. Like Yoram Mofan on the wing or Danny Brizo at left back. The composition of the starting XV is increasingly clear.
All that was missing was him. Jonathan Tandy is the only man to join his partner, who will be delivered by the Blues’ staff on Wednesday evening, this Saturday afternoon against Australia in seven days’ time, now at St Denis.
Because, for others, it was the same team lined up for the second high-intensity session of the rally in Marcoses. Once again, under the eyes of several hundred children in the stands of the Pierre-Camou field, Antoine Dupont and his colleagues were able to rehearse their limits with an increasingly transparent composition.
Towards the 18th pick for Ramos
As in midweek, Romain Ntamac wore the number ten in the middle of the blue chasubles. The Toulouse opener, who has not played since September 11 due to an ankle injury, unsurprisingly managed to add intensity to the backline. His club partner Thomas Ramos, once again at the back, should start well against the Wallabies for his 18th selection.
A great chance to shine in the absence of Melvin Jaminet, who has been undisputed at the position in recent months, but the package for this tour. On the wings, Damien Benaud and Yoram Mofana wore numbers 14 and 11 respectively. At centre, Toulouse’s Pierre-Louis Barassi replaces Jonathan Dandy alongside Gael Figo.
No surprises ahead
Up front, rotations are also common during this intense session, but the hierarchy is clearly drawn as we wait for the official announcement of the starting XV on Thursday afternoon. In the third row, Charles Ollivonne, Gregory Aldrid and Anthony Zelonch were reunited, as was the Willems-Vockey duo a step up. Finally, in the front row, right prop of La Rochelle Uni Adoniou, hooker of Toulouse Julien Marchand and left prop of Toulon Danny Brisseau worked together in their automatism.
On the bench, as in Wednesday’s training, Mathieu Jalibert occupied the 15 and 10 positions, while Parisian Sego Mackalow switched between the winger and third-row positions. The next intensive session will take place on Wednesday, this time with 42 players to complete the 14-element group to be played this weekend after Day 9 of the top 14.
Possible starting Blues XV against Australia:
Ramos – Benat, Fikkou, Dandy, Mofana – (O) Ndamak, (M) DuPont (cap) – Olivone, Aldrid, Gelonch – Willems, Wokki – Adonio, Marchand, Brizo
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