Two months before the resumption of the Top 14, we offer you a summary of the main movements in the summer transfer market. The least we can say is that French internationals have encouraged the transfer market.
Saturday, September 3rd. It is the date of the resumption of the Top 14 that the elite teams of French rugby are looking forward to. Prior to that, the training will return to the training itineraries over the next 3 weeks. With some of the new faces known from the French championship and especially from the XV of France.
French internationals: the big players in the transfer market
Did Racing 92 hit the biggest blow of this transfer window with the arrival of Cameron Woki? The second international line left UBB to everyone’s surprise to join the Ile-de-France team. Massy’s native has signed up for the next two seasons with the last 6th in the Top 14. A big blow made by Racingmen president Jacky Lorenzetti. Mostly because the sky and white have lost several important players this summer.
The first of them, Teddy Thomas. The winger, who has 28 games with France’s XV, has signed up for the ambitious Stade Rochelais for the next three seasons. A march after eight years spent with the colors of Racing. In addition to Teddy Thomas, third-line Yoan Tanga is also leaving the Ile-de-France region to join the European champion La Rochelle. The latter remains in a convincing 2021-2022 season with the culmination of these first two selections with the French team during the summer tour in Japan. Note that international midfielder Antoine Hastoy has also signed with the Maritimes.
Another starter of the XV of France has changed clubs for this new season, Melvyn Jaminet. The 23-year-old left Perpignan to join the Stade Toulousain. A logical transfer for a player who has completely resized for 2 years. The reds and blacks also recorded the arrival of Pierre-Louis Barrassi from the LOU.
For RC Toulon’s two sons, Louis Carbonnel and Anthony Belleau, it’s time for exile. Just over a year from the 2023 World Cup in France, the first two averages leave the Var in hopes of shaking the hierarchy of the XV of France in this position. The former signed with the latest Top 14 winners, Montpellier. For the second, he will try to revive under the colors of Clermont.
The latest challenge from Morgan Parra, Maxime Machenaud and Jules Plisson
If the Auvergne recorded the arrival of Anthony Belleau, the club led by Jono Gibbes also lost a historic player this summer. In fact, after 13 seasons wearing the Jaunards shirt, Morgan Parra has signed up at the Stade Français for the final season of his career. Another player hung the spots at the end of the 2022-2023 edition of the Top 14, Jules Plisson. The former stadium player joins Clermont for a final challenge.
In addition to Morgan Parra and Jules Plisson, Maxime Machenaud must also be offered a final freelance in the Top 14 before retiring. The former Racing 92 half-scrum signed with the promotion of Bayonne with the firm intention of helping the Basques stay in the top category.
Ben Lam remains in the Top 14, Liam Coltman and Ange Capuozzo arrive
1 year into the World Cup, the Top 14 has not seen the arrival of big stars in world rugby this summer. Precisely, the latter prefer to stay at their clubs to save themselves before the event of the start of the 2023 school year. However, certain formations have recovered, however, foreign players with solid references.
This is the case of Lyon who managed to attract the 3rd hooker of the All-Blacks, Liam Coltman. The New Plymouth native has 8 picks on the New Zealanders ’shirt. Arno Botha (2 games with South Africa) and Kyle Godwin (1 game with Australia) have also joined the squad coached by Xavier Garbajosa.
Finally, rugby fans will be able to rejoice in the decision of Australian winger Ben Lam to stay in the Top 14. He leaves UBB to join MHR. Another spectacular player who joins our Top 14, the Italian sensation Ange Capuozzo. Author of an unforgettable test with the Transalpins against Wales during the last tournament of the 6 nations, the 23-year-old winger left Grenoble to join the Stade Toulousain navy.
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