New captain for Romania

Romanian coach Daniel Santamans has made several changes to his side, including replacing captain Sorin Socol, for their game with Portugal on Tuesday.

Socol, who has captained the side in their last two outings, has been replaced in the second row by Cosmin Ratiu, which means number eight Ovidiu Tonita takes over the captaincy.

A start for Catalin Nicolae on the right wing means that Catalin Fercu switches to the left wing, whilst fly-half Ionut Dimofte shifts to outside centre. The fly-half berth will be filled by Dan Dumbrava.

The only front row player retained from the 42-0 defeat against Scotland is Bogdan Balan, and he will be joined by Razvan Mavrodin and Cezar Popescu at hooker and loosehead prop respectively.

Romania: 15 Iulian Dumitras, 14 Catalin Nicolae, 13 Ionut Dimofte, 12 Romeo Gontineac, 11 Catalin Fercu, 10 Dan Dumbrava, 9 Valentin Calafeteanu, 8 Ovidiu Tonita (c), 7 Alexandru Manta, 6 Alexandru Tudori, 5 Cristian Petre, 4 Cosmin Ratiu, 3 Bogdan Balan, 2 Razvan Mavrodin, 1 Cezar Popescu.
Replacements: 16 Marius Tincu, 17 Paulica Ion, 18 Sorin Socol, 19 Florin Corodeanu, 20 Lucian Sirbu, 21 Florin Vlaicu, 22 Gabriel Brezoianu.

Date: Tuesday, 25 September
Venue: Le Stade, Toulouse
Kick-off: 20:00 (19:00 BST, 18:00 GMT)
Referee: Paul Honiss
Touch judges: Simon McDowell, Carlo Damasco
Television match official: Kelvin Deaker
Assessor: Tappe Henning


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