He’s known for wreaking havoc on the wing, but World Cup winning Springbok Cheslin Kolbe is set to go into unchartered territory with a shock positional switch for Toulouse.
Koble will now start at flyhalf against fellow Top 14 giants Racing 92, confounding preconceptions about what he’s capable of doing on a rugby pitch.
? 15ème journée de @top14rugby pour les Stadistes ! Découvrez sans tarder le XV de départ désigné par le staff toulousain pour affronter l'équipe du @racing92, demain à 16h50 à @ParisLaDefArena ! #R92ST #J15 #GoST ??? pic.twitter.com/0EtmWixSCt
— Stade Toulousain (@StadeToulousain) February 15, 2020
The diminutive back will line up outside Sébastien Bézy at 9 and inside powerful inside centre Pita Ahki.
The bold move had apparently been rumoured during the week, but none-the-less his selection in such a specialist and high-pressure position is truly a left-field call from coach Ugo Mola.
Kolbe will come up against exiled Scottish 10 Finn Russell.
Les Ciel et Blanc face aux Champions de France !
1??7?? JIFFs seront sur le terrain !
? Le Racing 92 et Boulanger sont fiers de vous présenter l'équipe menée par Henry Chavancy qui affrontera le @StadeToulousain dimanche (16h50) à @ParisLaDefArena !#RacingFamily pic.twitter.com/YJvhAQc9uc
— Racing 92 (@racing92) February 15, 2020
The dancing feet of Kolbe have lit up Rugby World Cup 2019 with the winger showing that size isn’t everything, his footwork and pace allowing him to turn a defence inside out and leave players clutching at thin air in his wake.
The Springbok started six tests in 2019 and scored five tries, including two in the pool stage against Italy when he was named Player of the Match. An ankle injury ruled him out of the semi-final with Wales but the Springboks will be delighted he is back for the final.
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