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Merged XV: The best combined side from Racing 92 and Stade Francais

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Stade Francais fans protest Racing 92 merger (1:27)

Stade Francais fans are protesting a merger with rivals Racing 92, but the club's president's believe the move will make a new, stronger club. (1:27)

French rugby is in a state of shock after Top 14 giants Racing 92 and Stade Francais announced they are planning to merge into one Parisian super club.

The news has left more questions than answers: where will they play, what will their kit look like, what will they be called, who will be their coach?

But perhaps one of the more pressing matters that has the mind ticking is what the squad will look like.

So let's take a speculative look at the options based on Racing 92 and Stade Francais' current squads.

Back Three

Racing 92 and France fullback Brice Dulin would be the best bet at the back. Dulin showed his attacking prowess most recently for France against Italy, while he has experience in winning Top 14 titles. On the wings Argentina's Juan Imhoff is still a serious threat, while former All Black Joe Rokocoko has a wealth of experience to benefit any team.

Midfield

Looking more towards the future, the merged Parisian side should focus on securing the services of Henry Chavancy. The Racing 92 midfielder was denied a spot in the France team in the Six Nations due to injury. Stade Francais' centre-wing Waisea Nayacalevu is a seriously skillfull player and is our pick at No. 13.

Half-backs

Quite the conundrum here. Everyone knows the quality of double World Cup winner Dan Carter but while his form is on the decline -- and Racing 92 fans have recently showed their displeasure at the former All Black -- his future in the French capital is in doubt. Stade's Jules Plisson may be the player to build the side around with Will Genia at scrum-half.

Back row

It may be a new club, but the leadership of Italian captain Sergio Parisse could be crucial as two clubs combine forces. Racing flanker, Bernard Le Roux, who has been fighting for a starting place with the national team will continue his progress, while 46-cap French international Yannick Nyanga will provide further graft.

Second row

Fijian Leone Nakarawa will give the team the brute force at second row which is a must for any Top 14 side and his rampaging runs will combine nicely with the Alexandre Flanquart, should the French international cast aside the injuries which have plagued his season.

Front row

There is an abundance of talent in the front row, but we have gone with French internationals for the joint venture. Eddy Ben Arous, Camille Chat and Rabah Slimani will do damage at the set piece and won't shy away from the physicality either.

Best XV:

Backs: Brice Dulin (Racing 92), Joe Rokocoko (Racing 92), Waisea Nayacalevu (Stade), Henry Chavancy (Racing 92), Juan Imhoff (Racing 92), Jules Plisson (Stade), Will Genia (Stade).

Forwards: Eddy Ben Arous (Racing 92), Camille Chat (Racing 92), Rabah Slimani (Stade), Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92), Alexandre Flanquart (Stade), Bernard le Roux (Racing 92), Yannick Nyanga (Racing 92), Sergio Parisse (Stade).