N'tamack to play in front of home crowd
October 13, 1999
Ntamack to play in front of home crowd
Emile Ntamack has been called in to partner Richard Dourthe in the centre in front of his home club crowd here on Saturday afternoon.
The switch from the wing comes about because Stephane Glas is injured, and Christophe Dominici is recalled on the wing.
N'tamack has been playing successfully in the centre for Toulouse for the past season, and was keen that the French selectors use him in that position on a regular basis.
"We need speed and power in defence to beat the Fijians, with Glas being absent there was no reason to answer negatively to Ntamack's wishes." Said French manager Jo Maso
"Emile explained us that he had not played on the wing for his club since the season started and that he felt more comfortable in the centre. This was a great opportunity to put him back in this position and we haven't hesitated. He is going to play in front of his public in Toulouse and I'm sure he is ready to perform well."
Former captain Abdelatif Benazzi, who led them to the 1997 Five Nations Grand Slam, comes in to partner Fabien Pelous at lock, as he did against Canada in the opening match, while Christophe Juillet, who was dropped for the Namibia match, replaces the injured Thomas Lievremont at number eight.
Maso, who publicly blasted his players earlier this week, said that the team were ready to put on a much more impressive show than against either Canada and Namibia.
"The players have been upset by the criticism and are keen to show what
they're really capable of on Saturday," the former French international said.
Team: 15-Ugo Mola; 14-Philippe Bernat-Salles, 13-Richard Dourthe, 12-Emile Ntamack, 11-Christophe Dominici; 10-Christophe Lamaison, 9-Pierre Mignoni; 8-Christophe Juillet, 7-Olivier Magne, 6-Marc Lievremont, 5-Fabien Pelous, 4-Olivier Brouzet, 3-Franck Tournaire, 2-Raphael Ibanez (captain), 1-Christian Califano.
Replacements: 16-Xavier Garbajosa, 17-Cedric Desbrosse, 18-Stephane Castaignede, 19-Arnaud Costes, 20-Olivier Brouzet, 21-Peter De Villiers, 22-Marc Dal Maso.