Toulon (France) (AFP)
Toulon has received a heavy blow in its attempt to clinch a top-six spot in the Top 14 play-off with news on Tuesday that lock Romain Taofifenua will be sidelined for “several weeks”.
The 30-year-old France international suffered a heavy blow in an early scrum in the 34-17 win over Agen at the weekend.
The absence of Taofifenua stacks the resources of Toulon’s second row even more.
Three locks have already been operated this season: South African World Cup winner Eben Etzebeth (finger), New Zealander Brian Alainu’uese (ankle) and French Matthias Halagahu (shoulder). Swan Rebbadj also injured his knee, although it has not been announced how long he could be sidelined.
This leaves Toulon with only two locks in operation for Adrien Warion, who played his first game for the club this weekend after arriving from Pro D2 Provence Rugby roster and Englishman Levi Douglas, recruited as a medical replacement. .
Toulon is currently fifth in the Top 14 with 57 points, just one ahead of Lyon sixth. Castres, seventh, is on 55 points, while Bordeaux-Bègles and Stade Français both have 53.
Toulon will host the leaders of the Top 14 Toulouse on Saturday, before a collision at the end of the regulatory season which includes home games against Clermont and Bordeaux-Bègles interspersed with delicate trips to Montpellier, Clermont and Castres.
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