Barely arrived in Paris, Morgan Parra projects himself on the other side of the barrier.
Recruited this summer by the Stade Français after 13 seasons spent in Clermont, the 34-year-old international scrum half (71 selections with the XV of France) will retire at the end of the season, according to information from Canal +, broadcaster of the Top 14.
The player, holder on Saturday for the fourth victory (26-7) in a row for the Parisians in the league against Castres, will then join the staff of the capital club.
His profile interested Laurent Labit and Karim Ghezal, future coaching duo of Stade Français currently coaching the XV of France.
Both men will take up their duties after the 2023 World Cup (September 8 - October 28).
A freelance during the World Cup?
Parra, who should succeed Julien Arias as rear coach, could however help out as a player at the start of the 2023-2024 season.
New Zealand scrum half Brad Weber, who according to L'Équipe has agreed to join Paris, should play the World Cup with the All Blacks.
Which would leave "only" two specialists in the position, in the person of another future recruit, Bordeaux's Jules Gimbert, and Canadian William Percillier, on loan this season to Vannes in Pro D2.
The other two scrum halves in the current squad will leave the club.
South African James Hall will join Racing 92, while Arthur Coville will also be released.
Morgan Parra signed a two-year contract with Stade Français.
“Today, I still feel good so I play.
Am I still physically ready?
Does it make me vibrate?
I signed here for two years, we will see the rest later, ”he explained to us this summer.
He finally decided to take the plunge faster.