Wallabies abroad: Montpellier players #Buzz4Bruz

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Support for Christian Lealiifano has gone truly global, with a handful of Montpellier players and coaches shaving their heads in support for the Brumbies captain.

Montpellier is coached by ex-Brumbies mentor Jake White, while a number of ACT players have moved there, including halfback Nic White and fullback Jesse Mogg.

White tweeted a photo of the group, that also included Fiji winger Nemani Nadolo, and ex-Wallaby Scott Wisemantel, Kiwi Ben Botica and South Africa’s Pierre Spies, with the hashtag #Buzz4Bruz in support of Lealiifano.

 

Supporting a man down but not out @christianlealiifano you're in our thoughts bro #Buzz4Bruz #StayStrong #Fcancer

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Supporting a man down but not out @christianlealiifano you're in our thoughts bro #Buzz4Bruz #StayStrong #Fcancer,” he wrote.

Lealiifano was in the back of the Wallabies’ minds on Saturday night, with Matt Toomua writing “4 Bruz” on his wristband.

The gesture from France came in the opening round of the Top 14, in which Montpellier went down to Toulouse 20-12.

Montpellier lost to Toulouse. Photo: AFPWhite played the full game for Montpellier at scrumhalf, while Mogg was at 15 for the first match of the season.

Capped Wallaby Luke Jones started for Bordeaux in their shock 15-9 win over Racing 92 on Sunday morning.

There were no tries scored in the match, with All Blacks legend Dan Carter booting all of Racing’s points, while Ian Madigan slotted Bordeaux’s tally.

Jones made it through the full game, in his first match since the end of the Super Rugby season.

Luke Jones made his Bordeaux debut last weekend. Photo: AFP

Peter Kimlin started at openside for Grenoble, in a 54-20 loss to Stade Francais, playing just 37 minutes in the match.

Former Wallabies lock Sitaleki Timani was on the bench for Clermont in their first round draw with La Rochelle, but didn’t manage any game time.

The Japanese Top League kicks off this weekend, with plenty of former Wallabies in the mix to feature, while the English Premiership starts on September 2.

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