Deprived of its second European match of the season against Wasps, last weekend, due to travel constraints linked to Covid-19, Stade Toulousain will plunge back into the Top 14 this Sunday evening against Stade Français with a team very close to that which was planned last week. The only change concerns international winger Matthis Lebel, absent from the scoresheet. He will be replaced on the left side by the Argentinian Juan Cruz Mallia, while Lucas Tauzin will slide in the center alongside the inevitable Pita Ahki.

Otherwise, Thomas Ramos will recover his position at the back, the Dupont-Ntamack tandem will evolve at the hinge and hooker Julien Marchand, very convincing when he came into play in Cardiff (7-39), two weeks ago , will begin the meeting, leaving to Peato Mauvaka the status of understudy. Note that the Toulouse staff favored a bench with six forwards, since only the scrum-half Alexi Bales and the rear or winger Maxime Médard will be among the substitutes.

The meeting will be played at the Stadium, in a well-filled enclosure. Opposite, the Stade Français, which will not arrive on site until Sunday morning by plane, that is to say the day of the match, will line up a presumed inferior team on paper which will try to do justice to this Clasico. It is the second-row Paul Gabrillagues who will be responsible for the captaincy, while the flanker Sekou Macalou will replace.

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