Three days before the second test match between Japan and France, the typhoon alert has been lifted over the country. On the field side, Yoram Moefana and Pierre Bourgarit have been given the green light to resume training.
Relief in Japan. The typhoon Aere alert was lifted on Wednesday, and the second test match between Japan and France, scheduled for this Saturday (kick-off at 7:50 a.m. French time) can take place as planned. The fourth typhoon of the year has weakened in intensity and the Japanese capital will be spared. But that didn’t necessarily lower the temperature. If the Blues had played their first match under 34°c and high humidity near Aichi last Saturday, it is this time 32°c and showers that are announced for next Saturday.
It is this Thursday at 11:30 a.m. (French time) that the coach of the XV of France Fabien Galthié will give his starting composition. Three days before the match, he received good news, since Yoram Moefana and Pierre Bourgarit, spared since the beginning of the week, had the green light to resume training. The center of Bordeaux-Bègles suffered from the ankle, while the hooker from La Rochelle suffered from a double crutch in the thigh. Max Spring, the young rear of Racing 92 (21 years old), is tipped to start in n°15 and thus know his first selection, and it will then be Maxime Lucu who would be in charge of the kicks.
« He climbed the ladder one by one to become a starter at Racing 92. He has an interesting profile which is similar to that of Brice Dulin, by his morphology, his ability to counter-attack as by his left foot. It’s a position where we also have a lot of wealth: Melvyn Jaminet has never disappointed us. He has played the last twelve games with us, Anthony Bouthier is coming back well, Brice Dulin too. All this is good for the France team“, rejoiced Laurent Labit, in charge of the attack, in his propso relayed by The Team.
The probable starting composition: Spring – Buros (or Penaud), Penaud (or Moefana), Vakatawa, Lebel – (o) Jalibert, (m) Lucu – Tanga, Ollivon (cap), Cretin – Jolmes, Flament – Bamba, Mauvaka, Gros.
Replacements: Bourgarit or Tolufua, Prison, Falatea or Laclayat, Lavault, Diallo, Macalou, Couilloud, Hastoy.