Image thanks to https://www.facebook.com/algerierugby
Venue: Stade du TOEC-FCTT, Toulouse. The original venue in Blagnac was considered unsuitable thus prompting the move.
The composition of both side looks to be entirely made up of players based in France. The Ivory Coast side, consisting entirely of local players defeated Burkino faso 36-3 a few weeks ago in Burkino Faso.
These two teams have never met before. Algeria’s last game was in 2012 when they lost 13-27 to Tunisia in a friendly.
Last year Ivory Coast defeated Zambia 77-3, Mauritius 83-3 and Morocco 18-15 to take the CAR Division 1C title and promotion to Division 1B.
GWC Rugby Rankings and IRB Points do not apply.
The Algerian kit thanks to https://www.facebook.com/algerierugby
Prediction: Ivory Coast has more organisation and game time at the international level than does Algeria. It’s a question of the standard of French rugby each side’s players play in (unknown). My money is on Ivory Coast by 15 points.
These players were gleaned from the Algerian rugby facebook page
Yan Saaoui (Pau) Hooker
Nabil Jalut (1st Division)
Sofiane Changsan (New player scrum)
Menon Frih-prop-first game
Said Tahir-1st division England ?
Tayeb Aroun (USAP)
Boumedienne Allam (looks a big man-second row?)
Khaled Kalouchi (‘Heavy Brother’ wrote someone on facebook)
Aib Jilali-back or winger
Said Hireche ?
Ousmane Fode Soumahoro
Jean Maurice Oulouma
Coaches: ADOPO Andre, LEDOUARIN Anthony.