THE KEY BATTLES; RAPHAEL IBANEZ Outstanding at This World Cup afterJEAN-BAPTISTE ELISSALDE V Possible Player of theYANNICK JAUZION
Byline: MATT DAWSON
MARK REGAN V RAPHAEL IBANEZ
BOTH great guys and also two of the toughest players around. Neither of thesehookers cares where he has to go and what he has to do on the field. Nothingfazes or intimidates them. Whatever an opponent does to them, they keep comingback for more.
I think 'Ronnie' Regan has the edge when it comes to throwing at the lineout,but it will be a tighter contest for supremacy in the scrums. It won't be dulleither.
Ronnie's French isn't too good. In fact, Ibanez probably speaks better Englishthan he does, too, but the banter between them will be great.
ANDY GOMARSALL v JEAN-BAPTISTE ELISSALDE
ANDY has been outstanding at this World Cup after spending so long waiting forhis big moment at scrumhalf.
It is unbelievable to think that Worcester got rid of him. How must they befeeling now? He has just started getting his all-round game back together buttonight will be a massive step up for him because people will now expect him todeliver. …