Starting XV for Friday’s ERC games

Racing 92 v Ospreys (Paris La Défense Arena, 7.45 PM)

Racing 92:

Starting XV:
15. Simon Zebo
14. Louis Dupichot
13. Virimi Vakatawa
12. Henry Chavancy ©
11. Juan Imhoff
10. Ben Volavola
9. Maxime Machenaud

1. Eddy Ben Arous
2. Teddy Baubigny
3. Cedate Gomes Sa
4. Donnacha Ryan
5. Boris Palu
6. Fabien Sanconnie
7. Damien Chouzenoux
8. Yoan Tanga Mangene

Replacements
16. Camille Chat
17. Hassan Kolingar
18. Georges-Henri Colombe-Reazel
19.  Dominic Bird
20. Jordan Joseph
21. Antoine Gibert
22. Olivier Klemenczak
23. Finn Russell

Nb: 11/23 players are homegrown (# 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21)

Ospreys:

Starting XV:
15. Cai Evans
14. Lesley Klim
13. Tiaan Thomas-Wheeler
12. Kieran Williams
11. Luke Morgan
10. Marty McKenzie
9. Shaun Venter

1. Nicky Smith
2. Scott Otten
3. Ma’afu Fia
4. Adam Beard
5. Lloyd Ashley
6. Dan Lydiate ©
7. Sam Cross
8. Morgan Morris

Replacements
16. Dewi Lake
17. Rhys Fawcett
18. Simon Gardiner
19. Guido Volpi
20. Will Jones
21. Aled Davies
22. Luke Price
23. Tom Williams

Nb: impressive injury/unavailable list –

The following players were unavailable for selection:
Alun Wyn Jones, George North, Justin Tipuric

The following players were unavailable for selection due to injury:
Cory Allen, Gareth Anscombe, Dan Baker, Tom Botha, Gareth Evans, Keelan Giles, Ben Glynn, Rhys Henry, Rhodri Jones, James King, Harri Morgan, Sam Parry, Gareth Thomas, Owen Watkin

Harlequins v Ulster (The Stoop, 7.45 PM)

Harlequins:

Starting XV:
15. Brown
14. Chisholm R
13. Campagnaro
12. Lang
11. Murley
10. Smith
9. Care

1. Marler
2. Elia
3. Collier
4. Lewyes
5. Symons
6. Robshaw ©
7. Evans
8. Lawday

Replacements
16. Head
17. Garcia Botta
18. Kerrod
19. Cavubati
20. Kunatani
21. Saunders
22. Laskie
23. Ibitoye

Nb: they did not give the first names and I was too lazy to look for those I did not know.

Ulster:

Starting XV:
15. Jacob Stockdale
14. Matt Faddes
13. Luke Marshall
12. Stuart McCloskey
11. Louis Ludik
10. Billy Burns
9. John Cooney

1. Eric O’Sullivan
2. Rob Herring
3. Marty Moore
4. Kieran Treadwell
5. Iain Henderson ©
6. Sean Reidy
7. Jordi Murphy
8. Marcell Coetzee

Replacements
16. Adam McBurney
17. Andrew Warwick
18. Tom O’Toole
19. Alan O’Connor
20. Matthew Rea
21. David Shanahan
22. Bill Johnston
23. Craig Gilroy

Julepy

Author: Julepy

Frenchman living in the shadows of the Stade de France who enjoys the Top 14 and being disappointed year after year by my National Team.