Racing 92 welcomes the Scots from Edinburgh this Sunday (1:30 p.m.) in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup. The Parisians will be deprived of their Scottish opener Finn Russell, suspended after a red card received with Scotland against France. To replace him, Laurent Travers trusts his young opening half Antoine Gibert, only 23 years old.
He is undoubtedly the revelation of this season at Racing 92 with winger Donovan Taofifenua. A pure product of the prolific formation of the Ile-de-France club. With 18 Top 14 matches played, including 11 as a starter, Antoine Gibert is the number 10 most used since the start of the season. At only 23, better than a Scottish star Finn Russell’s understudy. And with a profile that is ultimately quite similar. “He is able to put a lot of speed but also to have a precise footwork, assures Laurent Travers, the coach of Racing 92. It’s up to him to be able to alternate and do what is necessary for good Whether it is the game of Racing but also the displacement of our forwards. What is good is that he has had time to take the measure for several years with all the forerunners who ‘There was at Racing 92. He was in good hands. Now it’s up to him to show all his talent. “
Chavancy: “It was built alongside great players”
Hands with a well-filled track record! For his first steps in the Top 14 in February 2017 against Bayonne, his teammates at the post were called Dan Carter, the New Zealand world champion and Rémi Talès, international tricolor. Followed behind the South African Pat Lambie, François Trinh-Duc and therefore Finn Russell, who will be suspended Sunday in the round of 16 of the Champions Cup against Edinburgh (13:30).
This season again, Laurent Travers has the Trinh-Duc options but also the Australian Kurtley Beale or even the Irishman Simon Zebo as number 10. But it is “Gibus” who plays. “He was built alongside great players at his post and we feel today that he is a mature player capable of leading this team, confirms captain Henry Chavancy. He is someone in whom we have whole Confidence. He has proven in the past that he can win us games. He is a player who has improved a lot and who is coming of age.
“A crack” for Donnacha Ryan
The native of Sèvres, in the Paris region, started rugby at the age of five at AC Boulogne-Billancourt. Modeled by his childhood idol Sir Jonny Wilkinson. Of which he did not adopt, outside the lawns, the Anglo-Saxon coldness. “He’s a great guy, super funny,” Irish second row Donnacha Ryan smiles. He always has a smile on his face. He’s a guy and an incredible player. ” On the pitch, however, “he’s a crack, continued the Irishman. The player is fantastic. He’s a number 9 who has adapted incredibly well to the number 10 position. His handling of the game is fantastic. C he is a young player and he already has great demands. His communication with the forwards is going wonderfully. He is gaining confidence game after game. He makes the right decisions. I think he will be a great player and Racing and lucky to have him in its ranks. “