By Julien Sournies
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The fall tour always has its share of surprises in store. During the 3 weeks of international window, a lot of matches were played, and obviously, in which injuries, but also suspensions are to be listed.
While the Top 14 regaining its rights on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November, some clubs will unfortunately have to compose without their internationals. And the least we can say is that some of them are doing better than others. Here are those who.
These Top 14 clubs paying the bill for the autumn tour
Unsurprisingly, Stade Toulousain was the Top 14 club most affected by absences. With no less than 12 internationals signed up for the November tour, the Haut-Garonne club saw 3 of them amputated for the 11e championship day this weekend.
The left pillar Cyril Baillevictim of a groin injury, the scrum-half Antoine Dupontsuspended, and the second line Thibaud Flamingovictim of a concussion during the victory against South Africa, will be absent to face Lyon on Sunday evening (9:00 p.m.).
As for Romain Ntamack, the Toulouse opener had to leave his teammates against Japan due to a blow to the nose. According to Fabien Galthié, this injury required the laying of a few stitches, but nothing very bad. He applies for this weekend.
The president tour of Toulon Bernard Lemaître must also regret this fall. Indeed, the Var club will also have to arrange without 3 of its internationals. Springbok winger Cheslin Kolbeinjured his right thigh while scoring his try against Italy, and the Samoan center Duncan Paia’auasuspended for 4 weeks for a dangerous tackle against Georgia, will be unavailable to challenge Stade Français on Saturday evening (9:00 p.m.).
In the last match with Fiji against the Barbarians, Waisea came out and had a big ice pack put on his knee. Welsh opener Dan Biggaralready injured before the Wales rally but still present with his selection, will also be absent from the debates.
Although from an accounting point of view, Montpellier deplores fewer losses than Toulouse and Toulon, the proportion of losses/commitments is considerable. The reigning French champion has no less than 2 injured out of 4 internationals.
Paul Willemsevictim of a muscular injury to the hamstrings before the first deadline of the XV of France, and the transalpine opener Paul Garbisiinjured in the hip before the test match against South Africa, will be forfeited for the reception of Bayonne on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).
These clubs who also deplore losses
The least we can say is that Racing 92 is not doing too badly for this autumn tour. Of its 6 international participants, only 1 was injured and will be forfeited for the reception of Clermont on Sunday (5 p.m.). And it’s about Gael Fickou. The Ile-de-France centre, victim of a sprain, had to leave its partners prematurely during the victory of the XV of France against Japan on Sunday (35-17).
This autumn tour will have made the cringe of the side of Lyon. Of its 9 internationals selected, the Rhone club has 2 injuries, including 1 of weight. Injured in the meniscus of the right knee during the warm-up before the match France-Australia, the second row Kilian Geraci will be away from the lawns for another 3 months.
The Argentinian Pillar Francisco Gomez Kodela will also be absent to challenge Toulouse on Sunday evening (9 p.m.). The Pumas were injured in the defeat to Wales on Saturday November 12 (20-13).
With only 3 internationals called up, Stade Français, like Castres in particular, was one of the clubs least affected by departures. However, the capital club will still have to do without one of its key pieces for several weeks.
Indeed, the Argentinian third line Marcos Kremer received a red card during the setback in Scotland last Saturday (52-29) for a dangerous gesture in a ruck with an uncontrolled clearing. For the time being, the duration of his suspension is not yet known, but given his already well-stocked record, it is very likely that he will pay the bill.
Bordeaux-Bègles is not doing too badly either. Among its 6 international solicited, the Girondin club has only one loss. This is the Argentinian wing-back Santiago Cordero. The latter was injured just before the first test match won in England (29-30) and could not participate in the following ones.
These clubs that come out unscathed
The big winner of this fall tour is… the Rochelais Stadium. Indeed, the maritime club comes out of it intact even though it had no less than 8 internationals involved. The Pau Section (7 international), Bayonne, Perpignan and Clermont (5 international), Brive (4 international), and Castres (3 internationals) also experienced no glitches (to our knowledge) during the international window.
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