Stade Toulousain-Leinster Final: this change in the lineup which shows that Toulouse has learned from the two recent defeats against the Irish

Stade Toulousain-Leinster Final: this change in the lineup which shows that Toulouse has learned from the two recent defeats against the Irish
Stade Toulousain-Leinster Final: this change in the lineup which shows that Toulouse has learned from the two recent defeats against the Irish

the essential
For the final match in the Champions Cup against the Irish this Saturday, May 25, the entire starting XV that won Harlequins in the semi-final was renewed. But compared to the last two seasons, when the Leinstermen dominated Toulouse, a change was essential in the eyes of manager Ugo Mola and his staff.

Implacable logic. The starting XV revealed this Friday, May 24 at midday did not reserve any last minute surprises. To challenge Leinster on Saturday 25 (3:45 p.m.) in the Champions Cup final, Ugo Mola and his staff decided to renew the entire team which started against Harlequins in the semi-final after having spared it in Montpellier.

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Victim of a broken nose against the Quins, Blair Kinghorn is fit and will therefore be lined up as a last line for the eighth time in eight Champions Cup matches this season, having overtaken Thomas Ramos in the hierarchy. It is the same in the second row for Thibaud Flament, whose recent performances have allowed him to relegate Richie Arnold a little further down to the bench to form the team with Emmanuel Meafou.

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To his advantage in the quarter-final and semi-final, Paul Costes will participate in his first final among the pros, just a few months after being crowned under-20 world champion. Alongside Pita Ahki, he will play in a three-quarter line guided by Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, Matthis Lebel and Juan Cruz Mallia forming the back triangle with the Scottish international.

A 5-3 bench with Chocobares

Within the pack, Peato Mauvaka, brilliant holder since the start of this continental campaign, retains No.2 to the detriment of Julien Marchand, supported by Cyril Baille and Dorian Aldegheri while Jack Willis, François Cros and Alexandre Roumat will make up the third line .

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In a competition where any exit is definitive – except in the case of concussion – unlike the Top 14, the other information of this team composition comes from the choice of the Toulouse staff to review their plans in relation to their past clashes against the double finalist in title, returning to a bench with five forwards and three three-quarters. A decision in line with previous matches since only the round of 16 against Racing 92 had not been played in this configuration.

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After the last two shocks at Aviva, where the 6-2 had shown its limits, particularly in the event of a rapid injury as was the case for Pierre-Louis Barassi in 2023, forcing a reorganization of the three-quarter line , Stade Toulousain will have a complete hinge on the bench with Paul Graou and Thomas Ramos – whose entry at the back cannot be ruled out – and a dense center, whose power could prove valuable at the end of the game in the event of siege of the advantage line by the Irish attackers. Requalified at the last minute after seeing his suspension reduced from three to two weeks, Santiago Chocobares actually preferred Barassi.

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They will accompany Rodrigue Neti, Marchand and Joel Merkler (rather than David Ainu’u), but also Arnold and Joshua Brennan, whose ability to play in the second or third line allows him to get ahead of Mathis Castro-Ferreira.

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