rugby Jokers in Toulouse and Lyon, Mercer, Pro D2… The latest transfer information

Toulouse international left mainstay Cyril Baille will miss more than 2 months, and a prankster is watching. As with the Lyon side to deal with Demba Bamba’s injury… (© Icon Sports)

Toulouse A prankster destined to replace Cyril Baille?

This is the bad news of the offseason of the Stadium of Toulouse. The pillar of the international left Cyril Baille he had adductor surgery on friday and should be out for about 2 months. To make up for his absence, Toulouse would be looking at a medical joker and could be the Argentine international mainstay (32 years; 68 games) Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparroaccording to the Rugby Transfers website.

Except that the player Benetton Treviso (Italy) is currently selected with the Argentina national team to compete in the Rugby Championship 2022 and will only be available at the end of this competition on 24 September. Passed through the Stade Français, Lyon, Newport or Bristol, he would be the third Argentine in the Toulouse squad, after the central Santiago Chocobares and the versatile three-quarters Juan-Cruz Mallia.

Lyon A wooed Tongan pillar

Another French international on the side, Lyon’s right pillar, Demba Bamba. Knee operation after cartilage injury, unavailable for 6 months. To compensate for this loss of size, the new manager’s LOU Xavier Garbajosa prospecting the international market in search of a good selection. According to Midi Olympique, the priority track leads to Tonga’s international Feao Fotuaika (29 years old). Australian-born, he has 25 Super Rugby caps for the Queensland Reds and honored his first two caps in July with Tonga.

This file should know its result in the next few days, while other resumes are still under the elbow of the Lyon recruiters. He could already be the second medical joker hired by the LOU, after New Zealand debutant Fletcher Smith (27 years old), landed from Green Rockets Tokatsu (Japan) to compensate for the absence of All Black Lima Sopoaga, operated on for tendinitis patella left knee away from the pitch for four months.

Montpelier Zach Mercer will return to England

According to The Telegraph, Montpellier’s third central line, Zach Mercer, is expected to return to England in July 2023. He is expected to move to Gloucester, but the MHR has not given up hope of keeping him. According to the British newspaper, the English international (25 years old; 2 caps), who was very involved in the first Brennus shield won by the Cists against Castres last season, would already be finalizing the details of his future engagement with Gloucester. Els Cireres and Els Blancs have approached the ex-Bany player for a few months and are on their way to seeing their wish fulfilled. This expected return to the country, the 1huh July 2023, would allow Zach Mercer to qualify for the XV de la Rose and, therefore, participate in the World Cup in France, in 13 months.

Next to Montpellier, Philippe Saint-André and his staff are preparing for the departure of their number 8, even if they have not yet given up their weapons: “Here it is fulfilled”, reacted “PSA” on the microphone of Midi Libre. “We told him to go on. But the England manager asked him to come back. I would understand Zach’s choice to leave, even more so when there’s a World Cup on the horizon. It’s a shame, England people realize which is good when he is in Montpellier (laughs). “Almost four years after his second selection, in November 2018, the native of Leeds should therefore wear the shirt of the XV de la Rose in less than a year .

Mont-de-Marsan. A Fijian arrives

The Stade Montois formalized this Monday, August 8, 2022, the arrival of the Fijian centre-back or winger Misaele Petero. The 26-year-old arrives from Israel, and more specifically from the Tel Aviv club, with whom he played in a semi-final of the European Rugby Super Cup last season.

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Biarritz A Welsh center as reinforcement…

Friday, August 5, the club of Biarritz (Pro D2) formalized the arrival of the versatile three-quarter Welshman Tyler Morgan (26 years old). Trained at Newport RFC, then played 7 seasons for the Dragons (2013-2020), before joining Llanelli Scarlets from 2020-2022 (19 games; 1 try). Welsh international in the XV (5 games) and VII (13 games), can play both centrally and on the wing.

… Francis Saili in an impasse

The Center of New Zealand Francis Saili, who still has two years left on his contract at Biarritz Olympique, still does not know what his sporting future will be during the 2022-2023 season. Despite securing a good exit from leaders Biarritz, following the Basque outfit’s relegation to Pro D2, no Top 14 club has, so far, recovered their two-year contract. Bordeaux Bègles, Lyon and Stade Français are said to have inquired, but no club has completed the operation, so far, and the first two clubs mentioned are not even said to be interested.

The reason would be economic, with BOBP leaders demanding a colossal compensation to release the All Blacks player (2 caps). the French stadium would not be willing to buy the two-year contract at the asking price and would try another option, demanding a 12-month loan from Francis Saili. This would allow Biarritz to lower their payroll, as the Stade Français would pick up his full salary, and the New Zealand centre-back could then serve out the final year of his contract should the soundtrack climb into the Top 14 by the end of 2022 -Season 2023.

Aurillac registers 2 new recruits

According to the Rugby Travel Academy (AFS), the clubAurillac (Pro D2) recorded the arrival of two new reinforcements, the South African prostitute Matthew Bowden and Namibia’s third line Ryan Grove (19), who signed a two-year Espoir contract at Cantal, i.e. until 2024.

Joffrey Michel signs for Saint-Jean-de-Luz (National 2)

On Friday August 5, the Basque club of Saint John of Lightpromoted to National 2, formalized a chosen recruit, in the person of the experienced rear guard Joffrey Michel (35 years). Born in Arles (Boques-du-Rhône) and trained at RC Châteaurenard, before starting his classes at the Castres training center, he has 223 professional matches, with Perpignan, Montpellier and Oyonnax. Capable of developing at the back and on the flanks, even in the centre, the former France 7 international has been free since the end of his commitment to Oyonnax.

Beset by injuries in recent seasons, Joffrey Michel hopes to finally string games together and bring all his experience to the SJLO. Basques who signed up the third line on loan Gabriel Souverbie (21 years old), loaned by Pau, and the second Spanish line Gorbei Allende Larrea (21), on loan from Biarritz.

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