Operated for a double fracture of the jaw, the opener of Toulouse and the Blues will be absent for at least six weeks and should miss the first two matches of the Six Nations Tournament.
Romain Ntamack, operated on for a double fracture of the jaw, will be absent between six and eight weeks, indicated Wednesday the Toulouse management, which will deprive him of the match of the XV of France in Italy, at the opening of the Tournament of the six nations, and probably the next trip to Ireland. Victim of two blows received on the same right side of the jaw on Sunday against Bordeaux-Bègles (45-23), a percussion with the shoulder of the center Yoram Moefana in the first period, and in the second, a fist deemed involuntary from the other center Bordeaux Pablo Uberti, Ntamack left the lawn spitting blood.
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Operated this week, the opener of Toulouse and the Blues had plates installed. Six weeks is exactly the time that separates the French selection from the trip to Rome, Saturday, February 6, for its entry into the tournament. The following week, the Blues will continue with the trip to Dublin to face the XV of Clover Sunday February 14. It is therefore more likely to see Ntamack in blue again on the third day, February 28, for the reception of Scotland at the Stade de France.
In his absence, Bordeaux’s Matthieu Jalibert should continue in the wake of the Autumn Nations Cup, during which he had already replaced Ntamack, touched a thigh, for the trip to Scotland (22-15), then against the Italy (36-5) and England (22-19 loss in overtime). Toulonnais Louis Carbonel, who made his debut with the Blues this fall, is the second candidate.
Holmes and Ramos as alternatives to Toulouse
Toulouse will be deprived of Ntamack for the league matches against Montpellier, the Stade Français and La Rochelle, but especially for the return matches of the European Cup in Exeter and against Ulster, which are decisive for reaching the quarter-finals. In his absence, coach Ugo Mola has Australian Zack Holmes but also back Thomas Ramos who shone against Agen at the opening (63-18). The scrum-half Antoine Dupont has also already secured a few freelancing in number 10 with the Toulouse club.