The announcement had the effect of a bomb but it is true: Cameron Woki has been a new Racing 92 player since Thursday. A look back at a quick, unexpected signature that caused a stir.
This is the turn of the year. Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti, currently inspecting the roads of Santiago de Compostela, has found time to conclude the signing of Bordeaux’s Cameron Woki (23 years old, 16 national teams with the blues). The announcement has not been formalized but the information revealed on our site, rugbyrama.fr, is true. Woki will play for Racing 92 for the next four seasons. With a contract until June 2023 with Bordeaux, the player hinted at his discomfort on the eve of the Top 14 play-off won by UBB against Racing 92. A few days later, the same president Laurent Marti broadcast the your player’s desire not to extend his contract. . “Cameron has expressed twice that he is not sure if he wants to continue in Bordeaux”had sincerely indicated the president of Bordeaux to our comrades of Southwest. Everything changed, or almost, the last day of the championship, after a trip to Perpignan. Christophe Urios’s devastating statements against Matthieu Jalibert and Cameron Woki went so far as to put water on the gas. According to our information, the disagreements between the slam and his coach go back to after the Tournament. The player, eager to evolve in the cage, including the club, has regretted the choices of his coach, who continued to consolidate him most of the time in the third row. If Cameron Woki sometimes played with the number 4 behind, it was by default, not by choice.
As soon as the regular phase of the championship ended, the desire to start the player trained alongside Massy continued to increase. It was then that three clubs positioned themselves to recruit the Bordelo-Bèglais. Two opt for an arrival in the summer of 2023, Stade Français and La Rochelle, one for a signing this summer, Racing 92. The defeat in the UBB semifinals allowed Ciel et Blanc to speed up negotiations. Lorenzetti wants to reach his goals before the end of the transfer period scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at midnight. Earlier in the week, he first agreed with the player on an offer that initially covered the next three seasons. It will be four. President Lorenzetti also managed to convince his Gironde counterpart, Laurent Marti, to release his player from his last year of contract, paying him a transfer fee of more than 400,000 euros according to our information. All that remained was to find a place in the Ille-de-France squad and check that the club’s payroll had not exploded with the arrival of a potential starter in France’s XV.
The effect of a bomb
To achieve its goals, Racing 92 decided to release Baptiste Pesenti and Luke Jones. The first (whose contract had already been bought by the Racingmen of the Peace Section last season) was signed at the French Stadium for at least two seasons, on June 30, in the late afternoon. As for the second, it signed its contract termination letter (which lasted until 2023) on Thursday 30 June, shortly before the end of the transfer period. He is expected to return home, to Australia, either to the Waratahs or the Queensland Reds.
In Bordeaux, the announcement of Woki’s departure had the effect of a bomb. Surprise at the revelation of the transfer by rugbyrama.fr, the player used the internal WhatsApp group of UBB professional players to explain his departure. Some of his partners and no less felt offended by this departure, the last day of the transfers, and let him know.
President Laurent Marti has begun looking for a replacement. He asked about Sale’s South African twins, Jean-Luc and Daniel Du Preez, whom he hoped to sign before midnight on June 30th. It will not happen. Another case: he must now finally put out the fire in his locker room between some of the players and Christophe Urios. Make accounts for the season to start again.