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MHR-UBB: the composition of the teams, an expected duel in the middle of the field… Follow the latest news from the Top 14 semi-final

After four years of absence, the MHR finds the last four of the Top 14. This Saturday, June 18 (9:05 p.m.), it will face Union Bordeaux-Bègles at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. Follow all the latest information on our live, here.

The day of June 17

9:35 p.m. With the composition of the teams known for this second semi-final of Top 14, a duel in the center of the field is announced between the pair Serfontein-Doumayrou on the side of the MHR against Seuteni-Moefana for the UBB.

But which of the two is stronger? Answer here with a complete analysis of the forces present in the middle of the field.

9:05 p.m. While the kick-off of the first semi-final between Castres and Stade Toulousain was given at the Allianz Riviera, we know the composition of the two teams for the match between Montpellier and Bordeaux-Bègles.

On the Montpellier side, Fulgence Ouedraogo will not be on the scoresheet, preferred to Janse Van Rensburg on the bench. On the wing side, Arthur Vincent will make his return, thus relegating Ngandebe to a substitute status.

For the UBB, the former Montpellier Picamoles and Trinh-Duc will be there but will start from the bench.

The composition of the two starting XVs can be found here

2 p.m. Setting up for the people of Bordeaux. In the wake of the press conference, the Girondins trained at the very beginning of the afternoon.

1 p.m. It’s the UBB’s turn to hold a press conference. After the MHR in the morning, it was the Union Bordeaux-Bègles which presented itself to the media. Statements from manager Christophe Urios, hooker Clément Maynadier, third row Mahamadou Diaby and scrum half Maxime Lucu can be found here.

12 p.m. Mickaël Capelli announced on the side of Pau. This is information revealed by our colleagues from The Republic of the Pyrenees. The second row of the MHR, Mickaël Capelli (25 years old, 1.98 m, 126 kg), should join the Paloise Section for next season.

11 a.m. The MHR in training at the Allianz Riviera. After the press conference, the Montpellier players carried out their traditional set-up, now D-1 before their semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles.

10 a.m. MHR press conference. This Friday morning, the director of rugby Philippe Saint-André, the hooker Guilhem Guirado, the third line Yacouba Camara and the center Geoffrey Doumayrou presented themselves in the press room at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. The best declas here.

8 a.m. The portrait of the day. That of Philippe Saint-André, director of rugby at the MHR. Fascinated by human psychology, he turned into a super HRD to overturn the contested image of a club… Discover the article here.

Throwback to the day of June 16

2 p.m. Anthony Bouthier “is now an important element” of the MHR, according to Xavier Garbajosa. Also discover the declarations of the international back about his season.

Early afternoon. Departure from the MHR towards Nice. Unlike their Bordeaux counterparts, the Montpellier players left by bus in the direction of the Côte d’Azur. Almost a four-hour drive for a scheduled arrival at the end of the afternoon in Antibes, where they will stay at the Baie des Anges Thalazur hotel until Saturday afternoon.

1 p.m. Bordeaux supporters at Mérignac airport to encourage the UBB players before their departure. This Thursday afternoon, around thirty Bordeaux supporters came to accompany their players to Mérignac airport. Their plane, initially scheduled for 2:30 p.m., took off at 2:56 p.m. to land in Nice at 4:26 p.m. sharp.

11 a.m. Relive the 2021/2022 season. The whole story of the year is here.

10 a.m. Willemse takes stock. On social networks, second line Paul Willemse takes stock after five weeks of forced rest. As a reminder, the 29-year-old French international suffered a rupture of the medial lateral ligament of the knee against Lyon (43-20) in early May. The player is aiming for mid-August to resort to the edge of the field.

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— Paul Willemse (@PaulWillemse4) June 15, 2022

9:30 a.m. Philippe Etchebest supports the UBB. Via his account instagram, Philippe Etchebest, the great chef, published a video of support for the players of the Union Bordeaux-Bègles. “I hope you will go to the end”, also announcing that he already has his two places for the final at the Stade de France.

Throwback to the day of June 15

3:45 p.m. No sanction against Jean-Baptiste Elissalde. Summoned before the disciplinary committee on Wednesday, the MHR coach, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, received no sanction against him. He was called up following a report from the officials of the match between Clermont and Montpellier on June 5. He will therefore be able to appear on the bench this Saturday for the semi-final against Bordeaux-Bègles in Nice.

3:15 p.m. Alexandre Ruiz extended and named MHR assistant coach. Arrived in the staff last summer as coach in charge of rucks, attitudes in contact and discipline, Alexandre Ruiz will be the assistant coach of the MHR from next July, and for the next three seasons.

3 p.m. Titi Lamositele selected with the United States. The versatile pillar of the MHR, Titi Lamositele (26 years old, 32 selections), will return to the United States selection in July, for the first time since the 2019 World Cup in Japan. He will have on the program a friendly match against the French Barbarians (Saturday July 2 at 2:30 a.m. French time), then a double confrontation against Chile (Saturdays July 9 and 16), decisive for qualification for the 2023 World Cup in France.

11:30 a.m. Louis Picamoles talks about the upcoming semi-final. “I hope the end will be beautiful,” said the now second line Louis Picamoles (36), before returning to the MHR, his training club, on Saturday (9:05 p.m.) in the semi-finals of the Top 14. Check out the interview here.

9 a.m. Practical info. Buses and supporter packs are still available at the MHR. The club is meeting at its shop to buy t-shirts and other special goodies for the semi-final. All the info on the club’s website here.

8 a.m. The portrait of the day. Zach Mercer is the new Top 14 and MHR star. He hosted Midi Libre at his home in Lattes. Many subjects were discussed: his life in Montpellier, his marriage, his season, his future, his adolescence… Discover the article here.

Throwback to the day of June 14

6 p.m.: Florian Verhaeghe extends with the MHR. The Montpellier second line has extended its lease with Montpellier for three additional seasons. Indeed, the giant (25 years old, 2.02m) who arrived from Toulouse in 2020 is now engaged with the Hérault club until 2026.

5:30 p.m .: UBB: big doubt about Maxime Lamothe, Picamoles spared this Tuesday. UBB will be deprived of their South African second line Jandre Marais but hope to be able to count on their hooker Maxime Lamothe, injured in the play-off against Racing 92. The player suffers from a torn hamstring, but there is still a small hope to see him play the semi-final against the MHR.
This Tuesday, the second line Louis Picamoles and the third line Bastien Vergnes were exempt from training to regenerate the bodies.

3 p.m.: Cameron Woki leaves the door open to a departure from Bordeaux. It’s a big bomb that Laurent Marti, the president of the UBB, dropped on our colleagues from South West. Indeed, Cameron Woki, the third line international, is not sure to extend his contract with the Bordeaux club. “Cameron has twice expressed that he is not sure if he wants to continue at Bordeaux. He is hesitant in his motivationexplained the Girondin president. Do not try to force through but let him mature his choice. We made him a nice offer before the Six Nations tournament.” Case to follow… But, between all, the Bordeaux-Bègles Union does not breathe tranquility.

12 p.m.: we know the referees of the match. Pierre Brousset will be the referee for the match between Montpellier and UBB. The Toulousain will be assisted by Adrien Marbot and Luc Ramos on the sidelines. Ludovic Cayre has been appointed to referee the other semi-final between Castres and Toulouse.

10 a.m. : the support that feels good. Diandra Tchatouang supports the MHR! The BLMA winger, winner of the 2021 French Cup with the Lattoises, supported Philippe Saint-André’s men a few days before facing Bordeaux-Bègles. “It is important that Montpellier sport continues to shine. Each season, there is always a team that triumphs, this year it is the volleyball club which has had a superb season with the title of French champion at stake. “, she summarizes. As for the rugby club, I see that they are performing with a workforce where Ouedraogo will retire. I hope they will win the Top 14.”

6 a.m. : today’s interview. “I have no bitterness, no resentment. It’s my story, my life,” says Benoît Paillaugue. Read the interview here.

Throwback to Monday, June 13

MHR ticketing info

The MHR offers its supporters a Travel Pack (€50) for the bus trip to Nice. Nearly 200 have already found takers, the club filled six buses but was able to organize another. So there are still packs on the MHR website. We are heading for a sold-out match on Saturday (9:05 p.m.) at the Allianz Riviera, which has nearly 35,000 seats.

6 p.m. : the MHR would be on the track of a young hooker for next season. With the stoppage of Guilhem Guirado, the Montpellier staff looks at the promising Argentinian Martin Vaca (21 years old, 1.87m, 107kg).

3 p.m. : Louis Picamoles holder against Montpellier? With Jandre Marais’ package on the second line, the former MHR flagship number eight could be propelled into the cage and face his former club.

Tensions at the Bordeaux-Bègles Union

10 a.m. : “I put my locker room on my back”, “We don’t play for Christophe (Urios)”. Despite the qualification, the tension remains in Bordeaux-Bègles. Find the post-match reactions that symbolize this feeling.

9 a.m. : Bastien Chalureau, redemption. Find his portrait by clicking here.

6 a.m. : Bordeaux-Bègles will be Montpellier’s opponent in the Top 14 semi-finals. They will face off in Nice on Saturday June 18 (9:05 p.m.) at the Allianz Riviera.

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