Ben Tameifuna withdraws from the Top 14 final

Ben Tameifuna withdraws from the Top 14 final

This is a huge blow for UBB: Ben Tameifuna will not be able to hold his place in the Top 14 final this Friday in Marseille against Toulouse (9:05 p.m.). Already out of the half against Stade Français (22-20), the right pillar injured his right shoulder on June 16 during the play-off won against Racing (31-17).

After the qualification obtained against the Parisians on Saturday evening, manager Yannick Bru was rather optimistic about the chances of seeing “Big Ben” wear number 3 to try to win the Brennus Shield. Ultimately, this hope was dashed this Monday during training.

“We tested it this morning. Unfortunately, he does not have good feelings and will not be able to apply (for the final), said Jean-Baptiste Poux, the UBB scrum coach, on France Bleu Gironde. It’s difficult for him but he also has a role in the locker room, with the other players. »

His absence will inevitably weigh heavily. In the semi-finals against the strong pack from Stade Français, he was lacking in the combat zones and in conquest. To replace him, the Gironde staff, who already have to do without their other position holder Sipili Falatea, injured since the start of the year, will opt for the South African Carlü Sadie, holder against Paris, or the Georgian Lekso Kaulashvili.

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