Since Racing-Métro were promoted to the Top 14 in 2009 they have constantly been the better side than their Parisian rivals Stade Français, whose downfall coincided with Racing's rise.
To add intrigue to this match, despite it technically being a home match for Stade, it is basically a neutral match as for the first time the Paris derby will take place at the Stade de France where both teams have relocated matches before. So neither team has a home advantage which normally decides matches between evenly matches teams in France. Hopefully both teams will fill the stadium and create a great atmosphere.
|Pumas stars Felipe Contepomi and|
Juan Martín Hernández will face off
at the Stade de France on Saturday
Other Argentines who will be playing in this match are Stade's Rodrigo Roncero who will more literally go head to head with Juan Pablo Orlandi who is starting for Racing at 3. In the backs for Stade Martín Rodríguez has been in great form as well alongside Contepomi for Stade and has formed a good centre partnership with the Samoan Paul Williams. The full teams are listed below.
Juan Pablo Orlandi
Bernard le Roux
Juan Martín Hernández
Aled de Malmanche
Eddy Ben Arous
(video below: Juan Martín Hernández playing magnificently whilst at Stade against Clermont in the 2007 Top 14 final at the Stade de France)
(video below: Felipe Contepomi on great form with Stade Français against Clermont this season at the Stade de France)