Williams replaces Rossouw in Top 14 final

Former All Black lock Ali Williams has replaced former Springbok Danie Rossouw in the Toulon side that will contest the French Top 14 final with Castres.

Williams replacing Roussow, who like Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson will retire after the match, to play alongside South Africa legend Bakkies Botha in the second row was the only change from the Toulon line-up that started against Saracens in the European Cup final in Cardiff last weekend.

Meanwhile, champions Castres have named the same side that started their semi-final victory over Montpellier two weeks ago.



Delon Armitage; Drew Mitchell, Mathieu Bastareaud, Matt Giteau, Bryan Habana; Jonny Wilkinson (capt), Sebastien Tillous-Borde; Steffon Armitage, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Juan Smith; Ali Williams, Bakkies Botha; Carl Hayman, Craig Burden, Xavier Chiocci

Replacements: Jean-Charles Orioli, Alexandre Menini, Jocelino Suta, Danie Rossouw, Virgile Bruni, Maxime Mermoz, Michael Claassens, Martin Castrogiovanni


Brice Dulin; Max Evans, Romain Cabannes, Remi Lamerat, Remy Grosso; Remi Tales (capt), Rory Kockott; Yannick Caballero, Anthonie Claassen, Piula Fa’asalele; Rodrigo Capo Ortega, Richie Gray; Ramiro Herrera, Brice Mach, Yannick Forestier

Replacements: Mathieu Bonello, Saimone Taumoepeau, Christophe Samson, Jannie Bornman, Cedric Garcia, Seremaia Bai, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Mihai Lazar

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