Rac­ing 92

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY CHAMPIONS CUP -

Coach: Lau­rent Labit and Lau­rent Travers. Last sea­son: Beaten fi­nal­ists. How they qual­i­fied: 2nd in Top 14/semi-fi­nal­ists.

Re­cruit­ments: Finn Rus­sell and Si­mon Zebo off­set the re­tire­ments of Dan Carter, Yan­nick Nyanga and Pa­tri­cio Al­bacete, as does 17-year-old French un­der-20 World Cup win­ning back­rower Jonathan Joseph, who comes from the RC Massy pro­duc­tion line.

Key man: Rus­sell. He has pro­vided the X-fac­tor to the Z-fac­tor of Zebo (five tries in five games has him joint top try-scorer) and Rac­ing have flour­ished in their in­door La De­fense Arena. This sea­son’s for­mguide:WLWLW W.

Prospects: Renowned coach­ing ticket, ex­cit­ing sign­ings and mo­ti­vated by nar­row loss in last sea­son’s fi­nal, they could be real con­tenders. Pool win­ners.

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