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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.

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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.

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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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