Letters – Cardiff advanced, Gabin Villière’s return becomes clearer … The five news for this Thursday

The Challenge Cup meeting between Brive and Cardiff continued on Saturday, Colomier active in the transfer market, the Irish group for the 6 Nations tournament, Villière’s return becomes clearer or Rufus McLean suspended by Glasgow after domestic violence … Here are the five news from this Thursday.

During a meeting with the RCT supporters’ clubs, Pierre Migoni gave news of Jean-Baptiste Gros and Gabin Villière, injured in an arm and an ankle respectively, the two elements should at least miss the meeting against Italy. “For Gabin, we hope for a recovery within 15 days, informed the Director of Rugby at RCT on Tuesday 17 January. We do not have an exact deadline. We hope to have it for Montpellier (Saturday 4 February to 17e day in Top 14 Editor’s note). Paul, that will be fair. He was supposed to take Gabin, but he’s not training with us yet. It was too fair. Gros is about the same time as Gabin, or even a little more. »

EPCR announced that the meeting between Brive and Cardiff would be brought forward this Saturday from 21.00 to 16.15. The reasons mentioned are meteorological, as Météo France reports between 1° and -2°. To avoid any risk, the whistle will therefore be blown at 16.15. CA Brive, Cardiff rugby, EPCR, National Rugby League and URC have accepted this change.

Rodrigo Marta will be Columérin next season! According to our information, the Portuguese international has signed for the next three seasons for the club managed by Alain Carré. However, this file was delicate, so the player was followed as indicated the Olympic Midi on January 2. Many Pro D2 clubs as well as Bayonne and Pau were interested in his profile. The promising UBB hooker Pablo Dimcheff (23) is also expected to sign with Colomiers. This season he played five short games in Gironde before suffering a serious knee injury. While starting on Pau’s turf, the Argentine suffered a cruciate ligament tear and has already ended his season. Colomiers is very ambitious in the transfer market.

Ireland manager Andy Farrell has revealed his 37-man squad to compete in the 6 Nations tournament. That includes Johnny Sexton, the game master of the XV of Clover, who is even the captain.


Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter.


Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dan Sheehan.

The second line

Tadhg Beirne, Iain Henderson, Joe McCarthy, James Ryan.

The third line

Ryan Baird, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Peter O’Mahony, Cian Prendergast, Josh van der Flier.

The scrum halves

Craig Casey, Jamison Gibson Park, Conor Murray.

The opening halves

Ross Byrne, Jack Crowley, Johnny Sexton (capt.).

The centers

Bundee Aki, Stuart McCloskey, Jamie Osborne, Garry Ringrose.

The wingers/backs

Keith Earls, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Jimmy O’Brien, Jacob Stockdale.

Rufus McLean has been suspended by his club and by extension the Scotland squad due to domestic violence. The Scotland international was found guilty of an abusive relationship in December 2022.“Rufus McLean is suspended from all activity at the club and is unavailable for selection”. Glasgow Warriors remember they condemn “abuse of any kind”which is why they, along with the Scottish FA, have decided to suspend the player, who is twice over in the autumn of 2021. “An internal investigation has been carried out and a disciplinary hearing will be called this week”.

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