Preview: Racing 92 v Stade Français

Date published: October 22 2015

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Stade Français will look to follow up their three derby wins last season when they travel to face city rivals Racing 92 on Friday evening.

Gonzalo Quesada's team won both regular season meetings between the sides before knocking Racing out in the play-offs on their way to the Top 14 title.

However all has not gone as planned so far this season, with just two wins from five games as they sit tenth in the table.

Racing, on the other hand, have been flying so far, with just one defeat all season and are currently fourth in the league.

They have a host of World Cup players returning, although Luke Charteris is the only one to feature this week, while former Chiefs Ben Tameifuna could make his debut.

Stade will also be getting some key players back as they look to make up ground in the league, and given their reliance on a few key players, notably in the front five, those returns will be very welcome.

They beat Castres at home last week, without being entirely convincing, while Racing ground their way to an important win at Oyonnax.

However Stade are still to pick up a point on the road this season, having been well-beaten at Brive and Montpellier.

Last year they went to Colombes and picked up a shock win, not least because they played more than half the game with 14 men after Sergio Parisse's controversial red card in the first half.

Quesada will be hoping to have a full complement for the 80 minutes this time around, and against a Racing team that has started the season strongly, he'll need it.

The teams:

Racing 92: 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Thibault Dubarry, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Julien Brugnaut
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Davit Khinchagashvili, 18 Juandré Kruger, 19 Luc Barba, 20 Xavier Chauveau, 21 Etienne Dussartre, 22 Louis Dupichot, 23 Ben Tameifuna

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Tomas, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Alexandre Flanquart, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo Emile, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Heinke van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Laurent Sempéré, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Gerhard Mostert, 19 Sékou Macalou, 20 Clément Daguin, 21 Jonathan Danty, 22 Patrick Sio, 23 Adrien Oléon

Date: Friday, October 23
Venue: Stade Yves du Manoir, Colombes
Kick-off: 20:45 local (18:45 GMT)
Referee: Mathieu Raynal

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