Top 14. Promised for a bright future in 2018, have these 10 talents managed to settle down?

Since leaving SUA, Tanga has settled into the very competitive Racing 92 squad. From his first season, the squad trusted him with 14 games played. His playing time has only increased (19 and 23 games played) thanks to very good performances in the Top 14 as well as the European Cup. Which led him to the French national team with two first caps with the blues in Japan where he was very prominent. Now from La Rochelle, it will evolve into a very solid collective up front and can expect to be part of the group for the World Cup even if the competition is very tough for his position.RUGBY. France. Beautiful, decisive, these 5 blues shone in the victory against Japan

Since our article, Cretin has become one of the leaders of Lyon’s formation. Excellent in contact with the ball, very mobile, he is one of the young players that the LOU squad and the French national team have bet on for the coming years. A former U20 international, he earned his first caps in 2020 at the Tournament of Nations with three games on the clock as a substitute. The following year, he started three games before finally having to settle for a single appearance in the starting XV in 2022. However, he can boast of having won the Grand Slam. Like Tanga, he faces competition in his position but now has good experience at international level.

Pierre Fouyssac, center – Toulouse Stadium (1995)

RUGBY.  Top 14. Pierre Fouyssac, the surprise guest of ToulouseRUGBY. Top 14. Pierre Fouyssac, the surprise guest of ToulouseBarely spared by injuries since his 2018 signing at Stade d’Agen, the centre-back patiently took his problems to Wallonia. It must be said that competition is fierce in Toulouse. Playing just 3 games in his first season in Toulouse, he was one of the standout players in the Estadio ranks in 2022 thanks to strong performances. International at 7, I didn’t manage to catch the wagon of the XV de France for the 2023 World Cup. Courted by other teams such as Castres and Agen, he is still part of Toulouse’s plans.

Matt Beukeboom, second row – Pau > SA XV (1997)

It’s not the most well-known of Canadian second lines, we’ll grant you that. In 2018, and when he joined the professional group of the Section, we thought he would have some time playing with Pau. Finalist with Espoirs Pau, he continued his progression without appearing on a score sheet. It was finally at the USM where it happened during the 2019/2020 financial year. He will play 19 games (11 starts) in Pro D2 before leaving for Bourg-en-Bresse in 2021. However, his season was cut short in February by injury.. He will try to do better with the SA XV, promoted to the second division.

Despite the club’s ups and downs, the scrum-half remained loyal to the USAP. In 2018, he was coming off a very big season with 30 games played, but only 5 as a starter. But little by little he imposed himself on the Catalan ranks with 22 and 23 games on the clock during 30 terms in two years later, when the club was forced to return to the Pro D2 table. Approved by France 7, it was also followed by other elite formations but it was extended until 2023. Last year in the Top 14 it shared the party file (9 mandates) and He will undoubtedly be part of this new season in the first division.

Top 14: Olivier Klemenczak's rise to Racing 92Top 14: Olivier Klemenczak’s rise to Racing 92Very prominent in Dax, Klemenczak He experienced a very good evolution at Racing 92. In his first season, he played 23 matches in the Top 14 and 6 in the Champions Cup. His playing time decreased after that, but he became one of the players that the Ile-de-France staff can count on. However, he has to face serious competition in his position where the Habs Fickou and Vakatawa evolve. It was also believed that he would wear the blue jersey as well. He was part of the group that Galthié presented in October 2020, but ultimately did not play a game. His 2022 season has been complicated by injuries. But it will surely be revenge this year.

Killian Geraci, second line – Grenoble > Lyon (1999)

The former Grenoble player is one of the players that Fabien Galthié has. By signing in Lyon, the second line has been given the means to progress and be in the small hands of the coach of the XV of France. At the moment, he is not yet installed but he has already experienced the joys of selection. In 2020 first, during the autumn cup of nations and then during the tour to Australia. Important element of Lyon’s formation (44 games, 28 starters), has a card to play this season for the World Cup. As long as he has recovered well rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee.

Hamza Kaabeche, pillar – Lyon (1996)

Still in the LOU where he was formed, the pillar had good seasons with, in particular, eleven games played in 2018/2019 and then during the last two years. However, he failed to become an undisputed starter with just ten appearances in Lyon’s starting XV. It must be said that a position is evolving that requires the bottle. With his extension until 2023, the club showed him that they have him despite competition from Demba Bamba. He had also been hesitant to leave in 2021 due to his low playing time. A possible absence from the Habs for several months could give him playing time this season.

Lester Etien, winger – Stade Français (1995)

The Stade Français have not had easy seasons in recent years, but Etien remains faithful to the job. Leaving Massy for the capital in 2018, he discovered the Top 14. And we can say that he achieved his adaptation. In four seasons, he played 70 games with the Parisian team, of which 63 as a starter. Author of 19 tries, he is one of the players that Paris can count on in the future to find the peaks as it has been extended until 2025. It is also in the small papers of Galthié since he was called up in 2020 to prepare the Tournament.

After Brive, Clermont and Pau, it was in Toulon that the former U20 international established himself last year. His 2021/2022 season was arguably his best, at least in terms of playing time, with 11 games played and 8 starts for RCT. Until now, he had never made it past the meetings against in the Top 14. The presence of his former coach Franck Azéma surely counts for something. He who had advised him to leave ASM in 2018 to get more playing time (only 6 games in two years). It must be said that the center was not spared by the physical faults. From now on it is in the face of huge competition that Toulon faces with the arrival of Nayacalevu.

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