With Jerónimo De la Fuente as starter and Patricio Fernández among the relays, Perpignan confirmed the line-up to face Biarritz, in the Pro D2 final. The game will be played on Saturday, at 12:30, at the GGL Stadium in Montpellier.
It will be a unique opportunity for two teams with a great tradition in French rugby, which for a couple of years have not had their best moment, but this season have shown signs of being in a position to return to the top category.
After finishing the season at the top of the table, Perpignan reached the final after winning in the semifinals to Oyonnax, by 27 to 15, in a game in which the center had to leave the court due to a blow to the head. Already recovered, the back of Los Pumas will be one of the strong cards of the Catalan team, which will seek to ascend to the Top 14 after relegation in 2019.
As for Biarritz, there will be four modifications for the final, highlighting the entry from the start of Gavin Stark, author of the agonizing try against Vannes in the semifinal, who ended up giving the victory against Vannes by 34 to 33.
The winner of the match will have his place assured for the next season of the Top 14, while the loser will play his last chance to ascend in a playoff against the penultimate (Pau or Bayonne) of the first division championship, which will be defined this Saturday .
Perpignan: 15. Melvyn Jaminet, 14. George Tisley, 13. Mathieu Acebes (c), 12. Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11. Jean Bernard Pujol, 10. Ben Volavola, 9. Sadek Deghmache, 8. Mamea Lemalu, 7. Damien Chouly , 6. Piula Faasalele, 5. Shahn Eru, 4. Tristan Labouteley, 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka, 2. Leon Seilala Lam, 1. Quentin Walcker.
Substitutes: 16. Lucas Velarte, 17. Sacha Lotrain, 18. Alban Roussel, 19. Alan Brazo, 20. Tom Ecochard, 21. Patricio Fernández, 22. Lucas Dubois, 23. Akato Fakatika.
Biarritz: 15.Romain Lonca, 14. Gavin Stark, 13. Francois Vergnaud, 12. Francis Saili, 11. Henry Speight, 10. LLian Perraux, 9. James Hart, 8. Steffon Armitage (c), 7. Tornike Jalgonia, 6. Dave O’Callagghan, 5. John Dyer, 4. Evan Olmstead, 3. Guy Millar, 2. Lucas Peyresblanques, 1. Yvan Watremez.
Substitutes: 16. Ruffenach, 17. Ushangi Tcheishvili, 18. Johan Aliouat, 19. Kevin Gimeno, 20. Bernabe Couilloud, 21. Gilles Bosch, 22. Steeve Barry, 23. Vakhtangi Akhobadze.