Wallabies abroad: French finals showdown

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by Beth Newman

Plenty of finals spots are on the line with the last regular round of the Top 14.

Every game will be played concurrently on Monday morning (AEST) with plenty of Aussies in action.

Clermont, Montpellier, Toulon, Racing 92, Toulouse and Castres are currently sitting in the finals spots, with Bordeaux in seventh, only points differential out of contention.

Toulon has the chance to knock Bordeaux out of the finals race, ending Adam Ashley-Cooper’s season in the process.

Ashley-Cooper will not line up for Bordeaux when his side fights for the last finals spot in the Top 14, after dislocating his shoulder last weekend.

The Wallabies back lasted just 10 minutes in last week’s match, before being forced off and is expected to miss three weeks,.though a loss would dash his chances of a return.

Matt Giteau is starting at flyhalf for Toulon, continuing his successful return from injury, with James O’Connor lining up at fullback in the match,

Toulon is in a battle with Montpellier and Racing 92 for second spot in the Top 14 and a crucial week off, with the latter two facing off in a crucial matchup.

Jesse Mogg will play at fullback for Montpellier in the vital game, with his side needing just a win to keep Toulon and Racing 92 at bay.

Peter Kimlin will start at blindside flanker for Grenoble, who are out of the finals race.