Sports | A “bis” Provence Rugby in Biarritz

The rain that has been falling all week in the Basque Country should take a break this evening during this 12th day of Pro D2 between Biarritz and Provence Rugby.

A calm before the storm? Not sure that the 30 players will have the opportunity to come out with a clean match under such conditions. But the main concern of the Aixois (7th) will be to do well against a solid Biarritz. And if the general manager is ambitious after three successes in a row, Mauricio Reggiardo preferred to carry out a very, very broad review of the workforce for this long trip, with no less than fifteen changes in the starting XV compared to the match against Mont-de-Marsan! A real strong choice to keep the executives for the next two meetings to come at home, against Carcassonne and Rouen.

Yes, there are changes in the team but the ambitions will not be put aside, explained the Argentinian technician. We believe we are capable of competing with Biarritz. This year, there are boys who don’t play at the weekends but in training they make the others work well. They give for the club, so you have to give them a chance too. The staff trust them.”

An unprecedented hinge

The face of Provence Rugby tonight is unlike anything we’ve seen since the start of the season. A first line never aligned (Loukia, Lucas Martin, Lolohéa), just like the second (Flanquart, Chartier) and the 3rd (Piazzoli, Malet, Moustié). Without forgetting an unprecedented hinge with a first tenure of young Simon Tarel in the scrum (Ruru and Cazenave injured). On the wings, the return of Fijian Eroni Sau and in the middle, Dorian Lavernhe came out of the closet for a first with Sanday. Finally, Florent Massip returns to the back after playing only five games this season. On the bench, note the first match sheet of a young player from the rugby school, Jérémie Martin.

This “bis” team has everything to gain against a widely preferred soundtrack at home. And if the other weather can level the debates, Provence Rugby could even come back with a smile.

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