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France star returns to training ahead of Bok clash

NEWS: France flyhalf Romain Ntamack has returned to training with Toulouse following an ankle injury and may be in line to feature against La Rochelle in the Top 14 this weekend.


Ntamack, who has not played since Toulouse’s resounding 28-8 victory over Toulon on September 11, was named this week in Fabien Galthie’s 42-man squad for the November internationals.

Toulouse, however, remain cautious about his return to action.

“Romain is a ‘different’ player. That requires different organisation and management,” Toulouse defence coach Laurent Thuery told a press conference on Thursday.

“I am firmly convinced that the next time he returns to a rugby pitch he will be absolutely ready.”

It remains to be seen whether Toulouse will risk using him during a match of such intensity against the reigning European champions, who are second in the Top 14 table behind Toulouse.

The 23-year-old may be held back, instead, for the trip to Bayonne the following week.


France face Australia in Paris on November 5, followed by South Africa in Marseille and Japan in Toulouse on the following weekends.

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