Two months before the resumption of the Top 14, we offer you a summary of the main movements of the summer transfer window. The least we can say is that the French internationals have animated the transfer market.
Saturday September 3. It is the date of resumption of the Top 14 that the teams of the elite of French rugby are impatiently awaiting. Prior to that, training will return to training paths over the next 3 weeks. With some of the well-known new faces of the French championship and especially of the XV of France.
French internationals: the big players in the transfer market
Did Racing 92 achieve the biggest blow of this transfer window with the arrival of Cameron Woki? The international second line left the UBB to everyone’s surprise to join the Ile-de-France team. The native of Massy has signed up for the next two seasons with the last 6th in the Top 14. A big blow made by the president of the Racingmen, Jacky Lorenzetti. Especially since the Sky and White have lost several major players this summer.
The first of them, Teddy Thomas. The winger, who has 28 caps with the XV of France, has signed up with the ambitious Stade Rochelais for the next three seasons. A departure after eight years spent in the colors of Racing. In addition to Teddy Thomas, the third line Yoan Tanga also leaves the Ile-de-France region to join the European champion from La Rochelle. The latter remains on 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 fly-half Antoine Hastoy has also signed with the Maritimes.
Another holder of the XV of France has changed club for this new season, Melvyn Jaminet. The 23-year-old full-back leaves Perpignan to join Stade Toulousain. A logical transfer for a player who has completely changed in size for 2 years. The Reds and Blacks also recorded the arrival of Pierre-Louis Barrassi from LOU.
For the two children of RC Toulon, Louis Carbonnel and Anthony Belleau, it is time for exile. Just over a year from the 2023 World Cup in France, the two opening half-half leave the Var with the hope of shaking up the hierarchy of the XV of France in this position. The former signed with recent Top 14 winners Montpellier. For the second, he will try to revive under the colors of Clermont.
The last challenge of Morgan Parra, Maxime Machenaud and Jules Plisson
If the Auvergnats recorded the arrival of Anthony Belleau, the club managed by Jono Gibbes also lost a historic player this summer. Indeed, after 13 seasons in the jersey of the Jaunards, Morgan Parra has signed up for the Stade Français for the last season of his career. Another player hung up his cleats 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 also has to offer himself a last freelance in Top 14 before retiring. The ex-Racing 92 scrum-half signed with promoted Bayonne with the firm intention of helping the Basques stay in the top flight.
Ben Lam remains in the Top 14, Liam Coltman and Ange Capuozzo arrive
1 year from the World Cup, the Top 14 has not recorded the arrival of major stars of world rugby this summer. Indeed, the latter prefer to stay in their clubs in order to save themselves before the event of the start of the 2023 school year. However, certain formations have nevertheless recovered 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 native of New Plymouth has 8 selections in the jersey of New Zealanders. Arno Botha (2 caps with South Africa) and Kyle Godwin (1 cap 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 is leaving UBB to join MHR. Another spectacular player who joins our Top 14, Italian sensation Ange Capuozzo. Author of an unforgettable try with the Transalpins against Wales during the last 6 nations tournament, the 23-year-old full-back left Grenoble to join the Stade Toulousain armada.
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