Matthieu Jalibert returns with UBB to face Harlequins

Barring a relapse in training, Matthieu Jalibert will wear number 10 on Saturday at Chaban against the Harlequins of another fly-half as talented as he is unloved, the Englishman Marcus Smith. The French international, injured in the knee against Italy (13-13) during the Tournament, resumed against Stade Toulousain on March 24, but left prematurely due to discomfort felt in the same place. If he already felt ready for the eighth against Saracens (45-12) last weekend, Yannick Bru and his staff had decided to leave him to rest.

His replacement, Matéo Garcia, had perfectly animated the Girondins’ game, but he did not shake up the hierarchy however. “I’m not giving you a scoop if I tell you that Matthieu Jalibert and Matéo Garcia are not in competition at the UBB,” Bru said after the meeting. I think Matthieu will take back the keys to the truck next week. » Apart from Jalibert, pillar Ugo Boniface and third row Bastien Vergnes-Taillefer have returned to training and are applying for the quarter-final. Unlike Jefferson Poirot, injured in the neck against Sarries, and forfeited according to Sud Ouest.


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