Brive won’t have Japaridze, Bituniyata, or Ratuva for months.
Brive, which is now ranked eighth in the Top 14, will have to make do without three of its senior players for the next few months.
We learned on Wednesday from the club in Corrèze that Brive, which is currently ranked eighth in the Top 14, will be without three of its senior players for an extended period. These players are Luka Japaridze of Georgia, Setareki Bituniyata and Tevita Ratuva of Fiji, and Tevita Ratuva of France.
Victim of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments of the knee against Perpignan on September 10, the right pillar Japaridze (21 matches played last season) underwent surgery on Tuesday and could return at best at the end of the season. The injury occurred on September 10.
The winger Bituniyata, who was injured in the opening game of the season against Lyon and started 18 games in the Top 14 and scored three tries in 2021-2022, is scheduled to undergo surgery very soon, which is expected to keep him out of action for between three and six months.
Finally, the second-rower Ratuva, who featured in 22 matches during the previous season, is not anticipated to return to the field before the end of the year after breaking two fingers against USAP.