Back on the pitch last weekend, Jonathan Danty will start again this Saturday with La Rochelle against Leinster, in the Champions Cup final in Dublin (5:45 p.m.).
Good news for the Maritimes. Injured in the ribs and absent almost a month after the victory of La Rochelle against Bayonne (26-6), on April 15, Jonathan Danty will be able to continue. Indeed, holder last weekend in Montpellier (42-31 defeat), the French center will start again this Saturday during the Champions Cup final against Leinster (5:45 p.m.). For the occasion, Danty will be associated in the center with UJ Seuteni and will be surrounded by Raymond Rhule, Dillyn Leyds and Brice Dulin, who will make up the rear triangle. As a result, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Jules Favre will start on the bench. The other change from the starting XV which started in the semi-final against Exeter (47-28 victory) concerns the entry presence of Paul Boudehent in the 3rd line, alongside Levani Botia, recovered from a concussion , and Captain Grégory Alldritt. Irishman Ultan Dillane will take his place on the bench.
Leinster brings out the heavy artillery
For the rest, it’s classic from Ronan O’Gara who can count on a 100% French front row with Reda Wardi, Pierre Bourgarit and Uini Atonio. In the 2nd row, Romain Sazy was preferred to Thomas Lavault to support Will Skelton at kick-off. As a hinge, Antoine Hastoy and Tawera Kerr-Barlow will animate the attack of the reigning European champions. While the La Rochelle staff chose to put six forwards on the bench, Yoan Tanga and Teddy Thomas are not on the score sheet. On the side of Leinster, Leo Cullen was able to align the typical team or almost, only Jonathan Sexton is missing. Recent winners of the 6 Nations Tournament with Ireland, Caelan Doris, Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier and Garry Ringrose will try to add a little more to their list. Absent against Toulouse in the half (success 41-22), James Lowe and Robbie Henshaw are back.
The composition of La Rochelle: Dulin – Leyds, Seuteni, Danty, Rhule – (o) Hastoy, (m) Kerr-Barlow – Bothia, Alldritt (cap.), Pa. Boudehent – Skelton, Sazy – Atonio, Bourgarit, Ward
The substitutes: Lespiaucq, Sclavi, Colombe, Lavault, Bourdeau, Dillane, Berjon, Favre
The composition of Leinster: Keenan – O’Brien, Ringrose, Henshaw, Lowe – (o) R. Byrne, (m) Gibson-Park – van der Flier, Conan, Doris – J. Ryan (cap.), Molony – Furlong, Sheehan, Porter
The substitutes: R. Kelleher, Healy, Ala’alatoa, Jenkins, Baird, L. McGrath, Frawley, Fish