Paris (AFP)

Romain Ntamack, the XV of France opener mostly used at the center by Toulouse, will start with the N.10 in the back Saturday against Connacht, for the second day of the European Cup.

Ntamack takes advantage of the absence of the Australian Zack Holmes, spared after the victory at Gloucester (25-20) in opening, to afford a first tenure of the season at the opening with his club. He will be associated with Sebastien Bézy, who continues the match sheets in the absence of Antoine Dupont, touched back since the World Cup.

Ntamack opener, a place is released in the center for Lucas Tauzin, associated with Sofiane Guitoune. In the absence of South African world champion Cheslin Kolbe, still on vacation, the back triangle is based on French international Maxime Medard, Yoann Huget and Thomas Ramos.

In front, Peato Mauvaka will be the hooker holder with Julien Marchand for substitute. Arrived mid-November in Occitania, the second Australian international line Rory Arnold, Richie's twin, is on the bench for his first match sheet with his new club.


XV of departure: Ramos - Huget, Guitoune, Tauzin, Medard - (o) Ntamack, (m) S. Bézy - Elstadt, Kaino (cap.), Placines - Tekori, R. Gray - Faumuina, Mauvaka, Baille

Replacements: J. Marchand, T. du Toit, Aldegheri, Ro. Arnold, S. Tolofua, F. Cros, Ahki, Pagès


Starting XV: Mr. Healy - Porch, T. Farrell, T. Daly, Godwin - (o) C. Fitzgerald, (m) C. Blade - Fainga'a, Copeland, Masterson - Q. Roux (Cape), Dillane - Robertson-McCoy, Heffernan, McCabe

Alternates: Delahunt, Burke, Bealham, Maksymiw, Boyle, Lloyd, Carty, Robb

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