Teen to fill in for Gary Botha

2012-01-09 16:59

Toulouse - French champions Toulouse are set to call on the services of teenage hooker Christopher Tolofua for the first time to fill in for injured pair Gary Botha and Akvsenti Giorgadze, manager Guy Noves said on Monday.

The 18-year-old from the South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia currently plays with Toulouse's junior side and has trained with the national side.

"We've been watching him for some time but the injury crisis we're suffering is going to participate his arrival (sic)," explained Noves.

South African Botha has been ruled out for the season with a broken right leg.

Castres' Georgian hooker Akvsenti Giorgadze, called in as cover in the front row, has suffered a torn thigh muscle and will miss upcoming European Cup ties against Connacht and Gloucester.