Toulon reluctant to play Guirado

Date published: February 19 2016

Toulon boss Bernard Laporte admits that he doesn't feel easy with the decision to play France captain Guilhem Guirado this weekend.

Guirado has led France in their first two matches of the Six Nations, wins over Italy and Ireland, and was due to be rested for Sunday's Top 14 encounter with Oyonnax.

Toulon however are without hookers Jean-Charles Orioli and Anthony Etrillard due to injury, forcing Laporte to play Guirado only a few days before France travel to Cardiff to take on Wales.

Laporte revealed that he had spoken to France head coach Guy Novès about the unfortunate situation earlier this week.

"It bothers me to play him but we only have two fit hookers," Laporte told the Six Nations website.

"I spoke to Guy Novès on the phone yesterday and I didn't know that Jean-Charles Orioli would be unavailable.

"I had told Guy that we would do everything we could to manage him and only play him for 10-15 minutes. But things have changed.

"In my head Guilhem wasn't going to play a game during the Championship. It doesn't help anyone to overplay a player but we've struggled to manage because of lots of injuries.

"I hope the injured players come back soon so that we can give Guilhem three weeks off."