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Top 14: Woki, Jaminet, Parra, Thomas, headliners of a lively transfer window


The transfer market ended Thursday at midnight. Summary with many movements on the French side but no big foreign names. Barring a last minute surprise.

The transfer market closed these doors this Thursday at midnight (Bayonne and Perpignan however have ten additional days since they had to wait to find out if they would evolve in the Top 14).

If a few last minute signings can still be revealed, the results of this transfer window, lively on the French side but sluggish on the foreign stars side, can already be drawn up.

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French internationals are on the move

The pre-World Cup season is usually very calm on the side of the Blues, who are reluctant to take the risk of changing their tunic so close to the goal.

This time, it moves a little more.

With the transfer of

Cameron Woki


The second or third line of the XV of France, cold with the manager of the UBB Christophe Urios leaves the Gironde for the suburbs of Paris.

Racing 92 has indeed bought out his last year of contract to achieve the big blow of this transfer market.

Another potential globalist, winger

Teddy Thomas

left Racing 92 to join the ranks of European champion La Rochelle.

Stade Toulousain strengthens its Blue contingent with the recruitment of full-back

Melvyn Jaminet

(ex-Perpignan) and center

Pierre-Louis Barassi

(formerly LOU).

LOU center Pierre-Louis Barassi joins Stade Toulousain.


It is especially in the ranks of the “possibles” that things are moving.

To try to grab a place in extremis on the list of 33 Blues selected for the World Cup in France, several of them are betting on relaunching themselves in new colors.

Thus the opener of the RCT

Louis Carbonel

who signed with the champion of France Montpellier.

Toulon is experiencing a real haemorrhage on this side with its other number 10,

Anthony Belleau

, and the center

Julien Hériteau

, who join Clermont.

Stade Rochelais is betting a lot on this profile of ambitious young French people with the pillars


(ex-UBB) and


(ex-Racing 92), the third line of Racing



and Section Paloise opener Antoine Hastoy.

The young and promising scrum-half

Léo Coly

made the leap from Mont-de-Marsan (Pro D2) to MHR, winner of the Top 14.

Former Blues take up a final challenge

Who would have imagined

Morgan Parra

in another jersey than that of Clermont?

The former scrum half of the XV of France will however adorn himself with pink since he joins the Stade Français Paris.

Aviron Bayonnais, which goes back to the Top 14, is also a vintage player since it recruited the hinge of the XV of France in the mid-2010s with scrum-half

Maxime Machenaud

(ex-Racing 92) and opener

Camille Lopez


Jules Plisson

, very little used in La Rochelle, will try to relaunch his career in Clermont.

The former Stade Français opener, after a mixed spell at Stade Rochelais, signed up with Clermont.


Conversely, Guilhem


and Fulgence


(MHR), Louis


and François


(UBB), or even Maxime


(Stade Toulousain) will no longer tread the lawns of the Top 14 after having made the decision to hang up their crampons at age 35 or older.

No foreign stars

Pre-World Cup year obliges, no foreign star took the risk of giving up his selection by coming to exercise his talents in the Top 14. A few names emerge, but nothing fancy.

The main attraction will be to be observed on the Montpellier side with the New Zealand left pillar Karl Tu'inukuafe (29 years old, 25 caps), however in decline in recent months.

The left pillar of the All Blacks, Karl Tu'inukuafe (29 years old, 25 selections) has signed up with Montpellier.


Clermont is betting on two young Australians with high potential, center

Irae Simone

(ex-Brumbies) and rear

Alex Newsome


Le Lou has attracted All Blacks third hooker

Liam Coltman

(ex-Highlanders), South African Bulls third line

Arno Botha

and Australian center

Kyle Godwin

(ex-Western Force).

Nothing to get excited about more than reason.

The most anticipated is finally the very young back or winger from Grenoble (Pro D2)

Ange Capuozzo

, who revealed himself during the last Six Nations Tournament in the jersey of Italy.

His talent is obvious and he should wreak havoc in the ranks of Stade Toulousain.

It's moving among the regulars of the Top 14

No exhaustive list but some focus on French championship executives who change clubs.

La Rochelle winger

Arthur Retière

and UBB third-line

Alexandre Roumat

have signed at Stade Toulousain.

Who lets go of the Australian opener

Zack Holmes

in Bordeaux-Bègles.

The UBB which loses the Fijian


and the pillar


(both join La Rochelle) as well as the winger

Ben Lam

, now from Montpellier.

Section Paloise hooker

Quentin Lespiaucq

is also heading to Stade Rochelais.

The third line of the MHR

Kévin Galletier

rallies him, Perpignan.

The talented Fijian Ulupano Seuteni leaves UBB to join the European champion from La Rochelle.


Toulon and Stade Français Paris have focused their recruitment on this category of players.

The RCT thus recovered


(prop, La Rochelle),


(hooker, Racing 92),


(second row, La Rochelle),


(scrum half, Montpellier),


(opener, La Rochelle),


( center, La Rochelle) and Stade Français Paris star, Fijian center



For its part, the SFP attracted


(hooker, Lyon),


(hooker, Biarritz),


(second row, Racing 92),


(third row, Pau),


(third line, Toulon) or the young


(third line, Biarritz).

Solid but not flashy for the Parisian club which could announce a big foreign recruit at the center position.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-07-01

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