Start of the Top 14 dams this Friday, with the enormous shock and derby between Racing 92 and Stade Français. Obviously particular for Gaël Fickou, passed from one club to another during the season.
The international center Gaël Fickou, recently moved from Stade Français to Racing 92, “is a plus” for the Ile-de-France club, said scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, this Thursday on the eve of the Top 14 jump-off. “It is a A world-class player who has joined us. He brings us his experience, his individual qualities to put them at the service of the collective. This is a plus for us, “Machenaud explained at a press conference.
Fickou signed at the end of April in favor of Racing 92, after three seasons under the colors of the Parisian neighbor. The three-quarter of the Blues had not played the return match of the regular phase. But he will be present on Friday for the dam between the two clubs.
“No need to add pressure to him”
“We prefer to have it at home,” laughed the second international line Bernard Le Roux. “We did not ask him a lot of things this week, it will be special for him. We preferred to leave him alone, that he concentrate on his match. No need to add pressure to him,” he said. -he adds.
On the other hand, there is no question of seeing Le Roux go the other way: “I will never dress in pink!”, He promised. “I get along well with Gonzalo (Quesada, the Stade Français coach, Editor’s note). But even if he doubles or triples my salary, I’m not going,” added Le Roux with a smile.
The lines of the two teams:
Racing 92: Beale – Thomas, Vakatawa, Fickou, Taofifenua – (o) Russell, (m) Machenaud (cap.) – Tanga, Diallo, Palu – Bird, Le Roux – Gomes, Baubigny, Ben Arous
Alternates: Le Guen, Kolingar, Ryan, Lauret, Le Garrec, Trinh-Duc, Zebo, Oz
French stadium: Hamdaoui – Naivalu, Nayacalevu, Danty, Lapegue – (o) Segonds, (m) Hall – Macalou, Matera, Burban – Azagoh, Gabrillagues – P. Alo-Emile (cap.), Latu, Kakovin
Alternates: Da Silva, M. Alo-Emile, Kremer, Godener, Coville, Arrate, De Giovanni, Melikidze