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Stillknox
07-05-08, 07:22 PM
Official transfers:

David Skrela (Stade Français) => Toulouse
Manu Ahoteiloa (Agen) => Toulouse

Arnaud Mignardi (Agen) => Clermont

Robins Tchale-Watchou (Auch) => Stade Français
Christophe Dominici (Stade Français) => Retire
Pieter de Villiers (Stade Français) => Retire
Cliff Milton (Stade Français) => Go back to South Africa to engage in army :blink:

Julien Dupuy (Biarritz) => Leicester Tigers

Julien Larrahague (Sale) => Montauban

Arnaud Mela (Albi) => Brive
Gerard Vosloo (Castres) => Brive

Rumors:

Magnus Lund (Sale) => Biarritz ??

Serge Betsen (Biarritz) => Wasps or retirement ??

Frédéric Michalak (Natal Sharks) => Toulouse, Biarritz, Toulon ??
Dan Carter (Crusaders) => Toulon ??

Vilimoni Delasau (Clermont) => Montauban ??
Shannon Paku (Auckland Blues) => Montauban ??
Nicolas Larrahague (Perpignan) => Montauban ??

Gaffie Du Toit (Toulouse) => Bayonne ??
Maxime Mermoz (Toulouse) => Perpignan ??

Others:

Juan Martin Hernandez, announced many times at Leicester since two years will probably sign a new contract with Stade Français. (1 or 2 years)

Ewan McKenzie (Waratahs) is about to replaces Fabien Galthié as Stade Français head coach. Probably with Christophe Dominici as backlines trainer.

Boela Du Plooy and Mirco Bergamasco (both Stade Français) have not resigned so far... but Marconnet did and will probably end hiss career at Paris.

Fabien Pelous resign with Toulouse for one more year. Same thing for another ex-international, Stéphane Glas. (Stade Français)

Percy Montgomery has not been convincing with Perpignan sor far, he may quit at the end of the season.

linl29
10-05-08, 11:55 AM
Official transfers:

David Skrela (Stade Français) => Toulouse
Manu Ahoteiloa (Agen) => Toulouse

Arnaud Mignardi (Agen) => Clermont

Robins Tchale-Watchou (Auch) => Stade Français
Christophe Dominici (Stade Français) => Retire
Pieter de Villiers (Stade Français) => Retire
Cliff Milton (Stade Français) => Go back to South Africa to engage in army :blink:

Julien Dupuy (Biarritz) => Leicester Tigers

Julien Larrahague (Sale) => Montauban

Arnaud Mela (Albi) => Brive
Gerard Vosloo (Castres) => Brive

Rumors:

Magnus Lund (Sale) => Biarritz ??

Serge Betsen (Biarritz) => Wasps or retirement ??

Frédéric Michalak (Natal Sharks) => Toulouse, Biarritz, Toulon ??
Dan Carter (Crusaders) => Toulon ??

Vilimoni Delasau (Clermont) => Montauban ??
Shannon Paku (Auckland Blues) => Montauban ??
Nicolas Larrahague (Perpignan) => Montauban ??

Gaffie Du Toit (Toulouse) => Bayonne ??
Maxime Mermoz (Toulouse) => Perpignan ??

Others:

Juan Martin Hernandez, announced many times at Leicester since two years will probably sign a new contract with Stade Français. (1 or 2 years)

Ewan McKenzie (Waratahs) is about to replaces Fabien Galthié as Stade Français head coach. Probably with Christophe Dominici as backlines trainer.

Boela Du Plooy and Mirco Bergamasco (both Stade Français) have not resigned so far... but Marconnet did and will probably end hiss career at Paris.

Fabien Pelous resign with Toulouse for one more year. Same thing for another ex-international, Stéphane Glas. (Stade Français)

Percy Montgomery has not been convincing with Perpignan sor far, he may quit at the end of the season.
[/b]

Thank you very much for the info!
I would like frederique michalak will come among us! because this is surely one of the best French number 10!
But his will that really domage courrent leaves toulouse.
And let me ask you: or did you find all this info?

camelback
13-05-08, 10:19 AM
Delasau has officialy signed up with Montauban.

And two more transfers in Clermont : Debaty from Agen, and Radoslavjevic.

Stillknox
15-05-08, 07:16 PM
Freddie Michalak is back to Toulouse. He signed a 3 years contract this morning. He will play along Skrela for the 10 jersey next year.

Good news, bad news: the very good and promising Valentin Courrent, 25 years old, able to play at scrum of fly half, will certainly go to Biarritz or Clermont.

http://images.planetrugby.com/08/05/247/Michalak-signs-for-toulouse2_873225.jpg

linl29
16-05-08, 11:55 AM
Finally, the return of michalak!
I am sure he will return in strength and explosion in the top 14!
TOULOUSE GO!

nako87
04-06-08, 12:06 AM
Dan Carter for Toulon is official now, can't wait to see him in the pitch

snoopy snoopy dog dog
04-06-08, 06:40 PM
A rumour from the Guardian:

http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/05/...d_bulls_in.html (http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2008/05/26/the_season_so_far_and_bulls_in.html)
the outstanding Australian (rugby league) centre Mark Gasnier will be moving to Stade Francais[/b]

Make of that what you will but if true, it would represent an excellent signing.

Cymro
04-06-08, 07:48 PM
Dan Carter for Toulon is official now, can't wait to see him in the pitch [/b]

Link?

Camberabero
30-06-08, 09:48 PM
Dan Carter for Toulon is official now, can't wait to see him in the pitch
[/b]

Unfortunately...he signd with USAP
http://www.usap.fr/usap-6000.php?CatID=39

OFFICIAL: Lucas Borges from Treviso to DAX
http://www.usdax.fr/

look at this to see all the transfers: http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/TOP14_0809_JOU...TRANSFERTS.html (http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/TOP14_0809_JOURNAL_TRANSFERTS.html)

Stillknox
04-07-08, 02:46 PM
Fallie Oelschig (Scrum half, Cheetahs) signed a 3 years contract with Stade Français. Jerome Fillol, SF's present scrum half is gone for Racing Metro 92. (Pro D2)

Does anyone from the South knows about this guy ? I heard he was captain for the under 21 South African Team, and was elected best scrum half of the Currie Cup last year with the Cheetas. Is he good ? Stade Français really need a new scrum half since the departure of Pichot. Could make an interesting duo with Hernandez at 10.

Steve-o
04-07-08, 05:08 PM
Oelschig is a good scrum half. He's your typical Saffa scrummie, small & stocky, nippy around the fringes, good kicking game (especially from the base of a ruck or scrum), excellent passing that has helped the best backs in the last few Currie Cup's fire consistently, and good defence.
Very solid club player, it's unfortunate he feels that his future lies overseas.

Darhf
05-07-08, 11:16 PM
And Kelleher just extended his contract with toulouse to 2011.

M Two One
18-08-08, 06:57 PM
Toulon

In
Kubriashvili, Davit (Pilier), Montpellier
Castle, Ben (Pilier), Chiefs
Taofifénua Filitoga, Jérôme (Pilier), Albi
Larrouy, Mathieu (Pilier), Albi
Ribes, Guillaume (Talonneur), Albi
Liebenberg, Tiaan (Talonneur), Stormers
Williams, Sonny Bill (Deuxième ligne),
Suta, Joselito (Deuxième ligne), Mont de Marsan
Skeate, Ross Carson (Deuxième ligne), Stormers
Collins, Jerry (Troisième ligne), Hurricanes
Missoup, Olivier (Troisième ligne), Oyonnax
Koyamaibole, Sisa (Troisième ligne), Petrarca Rugby
Van Niekerk, Joe (Troisième ligne), Lions
Henjak, Matt (Demi de mêlée), Western Force
Vidal, Damien (Demi d'ouverture), Beziers
Fauqué, Sébastien (Demi d'ouverture), Montauban
Pez, Ramiro (Demi d'ouverture)
Rooney, Luke (Ailier)

Out
Roux, Wessel (Pilier), Bourgoin
Sephaka, Lawrence (Pilier), Golden Lions
Merabet, Mehdi (Pilier), Racing Metro 92
Ward, Lorne (Pilier)
Oliver, Anton (Talonneur)
Feldis, Pier-Nicol (Talonneur), Nice
Rué, Jean-Baptiste (Talonneur), Marseille-Vitrolles
Matfield, Victor (Deuxième ligne)
Alazet, Franck (Deuxième ligne), Carqueiranne-Hyères
Van Schouwenburg, François (Deuxième ligne), Blue Bulls
Breedt, Nico (Troisième ligne)
Negron, Anthony (Troisième ligne), Carqueiranne-Hyères
Gregan, George (Demi de mêlée)
Chambon, Grégory (Demi de mêlée), Nice
Poluleuigaga, Junior (Demi de mêlée)
Rossouw, Chris (Demi d'ouverture), Free State Cheetahs
Mehrtens, Andrew (Demi d'ouverture), Racing Metro 92
Douy, David (Centre)
Servien, Benjamin (Centre), Romans
Horb, Mathieu (Centre), Nice
Mauger, Nathan (Centre)
Luger, Dan (Ailier), Nice
Tuilevu, Jeremaiya Tamanisau (Ailier), Union Bordeaux Bègles

Fa'atau82
28-11-08, 01:38 PM
http://www.rugbyworld.com/Story/0,18830,3551_4560768,00.html

Caucau back at Agen, again!

Mr.cyclopede
08-01-09, 06:34 PM
Jason White has signed for 2 years with Clermont

Wouldn't like to be facing a Bonnaire/White!vermeulen line...!

An Tarbh
11-01-09, 07:23 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Mr.cyclopede @ Jan 8 2009, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=370047')</div>
Jason White has signed for 2 years with Clermont

Wouldn&#39;t like to be facing a Bonnaire/White!vermeulen line...![/b]

that&#39;s if he&#39;s ever fit.

Sir Speedy
11-01-09, 07:31 PM
Chabal, Saint-André and McAlister are also linked with moves to France. No confirmation yet though but Toulon is the destination in question, and you&#39;d expect McAlister to go back to NZ anyway.

An Tarbh
11-01-09, 08:19 PM
I&#39;d heard that Chabal was going to Montpellier. Don&#39;t have a link though

Cymro
11-01-09, 08:28 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Jan 11 2009, 08:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=370460')</div>
Chabal, Saint-André and McAlister are also linked with moves to France. No confirmation yet though but Toulon is the destination in question, and you&#39;d expect McAlister to go back to NZ anyway.[/b]

Ive heared Chabal and Saint-Andre are on their way there!

Sir Speedy
11-01-09, 08:33 PM
Yep. I heard that Chabal will be joining PSA wherever he goes, so yeh.
Hopefully McAlister won&#39;t follow them, since he&#39;d lose Heineken Cup game-time / a shot at winning the World Cup, all for a King&#39;s ransom.
I also hear Lobbe is being linked to a French club. Hope not!

Hall
11-01-09, 08:36 PM
Chabal very recently said that he&#39;d love to play in Japan but his future is in France, with his wife and kids.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
13-01-09, 07:44 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
French international full-back Benjamin Thiéry is the first player to bail from Biarritz&#39;s sinking ship, signing a two-year contract with Top 14 rivals Montpellier.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4787223,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4787223,00.html)

Also linked in the same article are Sebastien Chabal and France captain Lionel Nallet. In contrast to Toulon who wanted too much too soon, I&#39;m impressed with Montpellier&#39; steady ascent. Since they gained promotion to the then Top 16, Montpellier have built upon solid foundations are are gradually moving forward in a new stadium with some quality players like Ouedraogo, Trinh-Duc, Picamoles, Todeschini, Marshall, Tomas and Smith. Bringing Thiéry, Chabal and Nallet into the fold would push them into serious contention for Heineken Cup qualification.

Having said that, their president is just after resigning which may put a couple of the mooted transfers on hold.

DonBilly
14-01-09, 07:22 AM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Jan 13 2009, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=370728')</div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE
French international full-back Benjamin Thiéry is the first player to bail from Biarritz&#39;s sinking ship, signing a two-year contract with Top 14 rivals Montpellier.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4787223,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4787223,00.html)

Also linked in the same article are Sebastien Chabal and France captain Lionel Nallet. In contrast to Toulon who wanted too much too soon, I&#39;m impressed with Montpellier&#39; steady ascent. Since they gained promotion to the then Top 16, Montpellier have built upon solid foundations are are gradually moving forward in a new stadium with some quality players like Ouedraogo, Trinh-Duc, Picamoles, Todeschini, Marshall, Tomas and Smith. Bringing Thiéry, Chabal and Nallet into the fold would push them into serious contention for Heineken Cup qualification.

Having said that, their president is just after resigning which may put a couple of the mooted transfers on hold.
[/b][/quote]

It looks like Montpellier is not doing well financially and that it was after the new president looked at the account books that he decided to resign. The move of Nallet and Chabal as well as the prolongations of Oueadrogo and Picamoles are compromised.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
20-01-09, 07:04 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
<h1>Clermont : Lhermet satisfait[/b]
Rédaction Rugby365.fr - mardi 20 janvier 2009 - 18h05
Le vice-président de Clermont, Jean-Marc Lhermet, est bien évidemment satisfait de l&#39;arrivée du Berjallien Morgan Parra.


« Nous étions en contact avec Morgan depuis longtemps car nous considérons qu&#39;il possède le profil idéal pour s&#39;inscrire dans le projet sportif du club, avoue le vice président Jean-Marc Lhermet . Son jeune âge et son énorme potentiel (il compte déjà trois sélections avec le XV de France) sont de belles garanties pour l&#39;avenir ».[/b]
http://www.rugby365.fr/depeches/filinfo_29...satisfait.shtml (http://www.rugby365.fr/depeches/filinfo_290247_2918_Clermont-Lhermet-satisfait.shtml)

snoopy snoopy dog dog
22-01-09, 06:54 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
Considered to be one of the biggest hopes in French rugby, 20-year-old international centre Yann David has announced that he will be leaving Bourgoin for European giants Toulouse........

......And things aren&#39;t about to get any better. Two of the clubs other young guns, 21-year-old Mathieu Nicolas and 19-year-old centre Alexandre Dumoulin have reportedly been approached by Castres and Brive respectively.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4834104,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4834104,00.html)

Both Parra and David are deserting Bourgoin. Losing two key young players could be a further sign of the club being in freefall. They&#39;re very unlikely to make the Heineken Cup next year (not that they seem to care about it) and are flirting with relegation from the Top 14.

cyRil
22-01-09, 07:02 PM
They disregard the premier European competition to &#39;concentrate on the league&#39;, yet never get anywhere. They don&#39;t deserve any success.

An Tarbh
22-01-09, 07:08 PM
they don&#39;t have the budget of the other big clubs in France to enable them to compete on 2 fronts, they can&#39;t afford to lose senior players to injury in the Heineken cup and have them missing crucial games in the Top 14 as a result.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
22-01-09, 08:46 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Jan 22 2009, 08:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=372699')</div>
they don&#39;t have the budget of the other big clubs in France[/b]
You&#39;re right. They&#39;ve not been able to hold onto the likes of Chabal and Nallet. Parra and David are just the latest in a long line of players the club have lost to higher paying clubs.

An Tarbh
23-01-09, 02:00 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DonBilly @ Jan 14 2009, 08:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=370814')</div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Jan 13 2009, 09:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=370728')
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE
French international full-back Benjamin Thiéry is the first player to bail from Biarritz&#39;s sinking ship, signing a two-year contract with Top 14 rivals Montpellier.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4787223,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4787223,00.html)

Also linked in the same article are Sebastien Chabal and France captain Lionel Nallet. In contrast to Toulon who wanted too much too soon, I&#39;m impressed with Montpellier&#39; steady ascent. Since they gained promotion to the then Top 16, Montpellier have built upon solid foundations are are gradually moving forward in a new stadium with some quality players like Ouedraogo, Trinh-Duc, Picamoles, Todeschini, Marshall, Tomas and Smith. Bringing Thiéry, Chabal and Nallet into the fold would push them into serious contention for Heineken Cup qualification.

Having said that, their president is just after resigning which may put a couple of the mooted transfers on hold.
[/b][/quote]

It looks like Montpellier is not doing well financially and that it was after the new president looked at the account books that he decided to resign. The move of Nallet and Chabal as well as the prolongations of Oueadrogo and Picamoles are compromised.
[/b][/quote]

well looks like they won&#39;t hold onto Picamoles as he&#39;s about to sign a 4 year contract with Toulouse according to l&#39;equipe. Looks like the resignation of the president was the straw that broke the camels back.

An Tarbh
23-01-09, 02:02 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Jan 20 2009, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=372324')</div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE
<h1>Clermont : Lhermet satisfait[/b]
Rédaction Rugby365.fr - mardi 20 janvier 2009 - 18h05
Le vice-président de Clermont, Jean-Marc Lhermet, est bien évidemment satisfait de l&#39;arrivée du Berjallien Morgan Parra.


« Nous étions en contact avec Morgan depuis longtemps car nous considérons qu&#39;il possède le profil idéal pour s&#39;inscrire dans le projet sportif du club, avoue le vice président Jean-Marc Lhermet . Son jeune âge et son énorme potentiel (il compte déjà trois sélections avec le XV de France) sont de belles garanties pour l&#39;avenir ».[/b]
http://www.rugby365.fr/depeches/filinfo_29...satisfait.shtml (http://www.rugby365.fr/depeches/filinfo_290247_2918_Clermont-Lhermet-satisfait.shtml)
[/b][/quote]

looks like he&#39;ll have some decent competition with the arrival of Cussiter also on the cards. The SRU are also keen to bring him to Glasgow although in a tug of war between the SRU and Clermont you&#39;d have to back the French club.Good replacements for Clermont considering Mignoni is going back to Toulon at the end of the season.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
23-01-09, 02:17 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (An Tarbh @ Jan 23 2009, 03:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=372828')</div>
looks like he&#39;ll have some decent competition with the arrival of Cussiter also on the cards. The SRU are also keen to bring him to Glasgow although in a tug of war between the SRU and Clermont you&#39;d have to back the French club.Good replacements for Clermont considering Mignoni is going back to Toulon at the end of the season.[/b]
I&#39;d love to see Leinster make a move for Cusiter to replace Chris Whitaker.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
23-01-09, 03:59 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
Si Toulon ne sait pas s&#39;il évoluera en Top 14 ou en Pro D2 la saison prochaine, Mourad Boudjellal ne perd pas de temps au niveau du recrutement. Avec l&#39;arrivée de Philippe Saint-André, qui devrait être officialisée dans les prochains jours, le président du RCT commence à travailler en vue de la saison prochaine avec son futur manager.

Et c&#39;est un nouveau gros coup coup qui est en préparation du côté de la Rade. Toulon vient de transmettre une proposition de contrat à François Steyn (http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/RugbyFicheJoueur8000000000004745.html), le champion du monde sud-africain (21 ans, 27 sélections). Une recrue de choix puisqu&#39;il peut évoluer ausi bien au poste d&#39;arrière, de centre ou de demi d&#39;ouverture. Il s&#39;agit par ailleurs d&#39;un excellent buteur. Mais comme pour le dossier Chabal, le RCT ne serait pas le seul club à vouloir s&#39;attacher les services du joueur des Sharks. François Steyn aurait également été contacté par le Racing-Métro. (M.R.)[/b]
http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/breves2009/200...cois-steyn.html (http://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/breves2009/20090122_175023_toulon-piste-francois-steyn.html)

I wonder whether Steyn bases his decision on which club to join (if any) on who&#39;s in the Top 14 next year. If Racing Metro replace Toulon in the top flight, I&#39;d expect him to move to Paris. If Toulon retain their status, a move to the south coast of France seems a more likely option.

This is the first I&#39;ve heard of Saint-Andre taking over at Toulon. He&#39;s managed to turn both Gloucester and Sale into powerful (or at least relatively strong) teams so I can see why he&#39;d appeal to Boudjellal as a potential director of rugby.

An Tarbh
30-01-09, 12:01 PM
Chabal finally seems to have made his mind up on a move with Midi Olympique saying that he&#39;s on the verge of signing for Racing

Stillknox
30-01-09, 12:15 PM
It would be an excellent recruit. The Racing will not be as competitive as Stade Français before a couple of years I guess but with such a starpower they can compete on the mediatic ground, and it&#39;s not useless in this area of our country.

Fa'atau82
30-01-09, 01:07 PM
I wonder if Carlos Spencer will move to Toulon. Make some money before going back to NZ. Makes sense. He&#39;ll link up with Tana Umaga and if Tana is playing well after retirement that would be an All Black 10/12 combo, albeit an old one. Toulon really do need a quality test level 10. Actually, Toulon need a miracle.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
30-01-09, 03:06 PM
I&#39;ve read a rumour that Mick O&#39;Driscoll and Frank Sheahan are leaving Munster for Perpignan. O&#39;Driscoll already spent a couple of years at Perpignan and at 30 years of age, probably wants first team rugby. Sheahan is no more than an average backup at this stage.

MunsterMan
30-01-09, 03:16 PM
Yeah I heard that one too. Mick O&#39;Driscoll still owns a house down there, and at his age why not? They are both good players but are not normally first 22 now so you can&#39;t blame them for going.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
30-01-09, 03:19 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (MunsterMan @ Jan 30 2009, 04:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=374327')</div>
Yeah I heard that one too. Mick O&#39;Driscoll still owns a house down there, and at his age why not? They are both good players but are not normally first 22 now so you can&#39;t blame them for going.[/b]
Assuming such a move goes through, it&#39;s good for Irish rugby. It would give Donnacha Ryan more playing time in his prefered position of 2nd row and would move both Fogarty and Essex up the hooker "depth chart".

Whether it&#39;d be good for Munster is up for debate. Sheahan is a pale shadow of the player he was before his neck injury and can be easily replaced. He&#39;s become a liability at lineout throwing and is a penalty conceding machine. Fogarty is as good as Sheahan, if not better, as things stand. O&#39;Driscoll will be harder to replace, for his leadership more than his playing ability (not saying he&#39;s a bad player by the way).

snoopy snoopy dog dog
01-02-09, 12:10 PM
Jerome Thion of Biarritz is being targetted by Harlequins according to the Rugby Times.

An Tarbh
03-02-09, 10:42 AM
well there were rumours before Christmas but apparently it&#39;s been confirmed now, Pichot is on his way back to Paris as a joker médical

An Tarbh
04-02-09, 02:53 PM
Chabal obviously doesn&#39;t rate Toulon&#39;s chances of staying up, saying that if money was his priority he would have already signed with Toulon. Obviously and rightly so given that he&#39;s only 31, he doesn&#39;t fancy playing in the ProD2 even if he does pay them lip service respect.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
05-02-09, 05:56 PM
Iain Balshaw is on his way to Racing-Métro next season according to L&#39;equipe.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
09-02-09, 06:53 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE </div>
Stade Francais look to have won their tug-of-war with Top 14 arch rivals Toulouse to sign England lock Tom Palmer who is out of contract this summer.

Palmer, who is likely to miss the rest of the season with shoulder injury, has been locked in talks with both clubs for the last few weeks.

London Wasps are already resigned to the fact that they won’t be retaining his services and it appears that he is joining the glamour boys of French rugby on a two-year deal.[/b]
http://www.rugby365.com/opinion/loop/1504880.htm

I wonder if this is a case of Wasps being unable to afford him. With so many players out of contract it&#39;s likely that the Wycombe based club will have to choose which players they absolutely must keep and which they can do without. Having Toulouse, Stade Francais and Wasps fighting for his services is an enviable position for Palmer to be in.

From the same link, Luke McAlister is linked with Toulon to join up with Philippe Saint Andre again.

An Tarbh
09-02-09, 06:54 PM
is there anyone who hasn&#39;t been linked with Toulon recently, are there any French players there at all?

Vambo
09-02-09, 07:09 PM
Palmer has hardly set the world on fire at Wasps and with Birkett and Skivington there he wouldn&#39;t be a big loss.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
09-02-09, 07:16 PM
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Palmer has hardly set the world on fire at Wasps and with Birkett and Skivington there he wouldn&#39;t be a big loss.[/b]
I&#39;m sure that&#39;s Wasps line of thinking. There&#39;s enough cover in the 2nd row to let Palmer leave rather than overpaying him. Losing players like Cipriani would be far harder to take (notwithstanding his current lack of form).

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is there anyone who hasn&#39;t been linked with Toulon recently, are there any French players there at all?[/b]
McAlister&#39;s agent wouldn&#39;t be doing his job if his client wasn&#39;t linked there (or Racing Metro)!

Sir Speedy
09-02-09, 07:24 PM
Oh God. I don&#39;t mind McAlister leaving Sale (lulz as if I have a choice...) but to Toulon? Gad... He&#39;d be completely underprepared for a return to New Zealand. Big gap between Nonu/Mortlock and some centre from Pro D2.

Also, lulz at Balshaw. Racing must be aiming for an instant return to the second division...

Canadian_Rugger
10-02-09, 12:39 PM
lol why does everyone think Toulon is going for the drop... they are out of the relegation zone right now 1 point above Castres... I admit they have been brutal but they are in no way a shoe in for relegation

An Tarbh
10-02-09, 12:44 PM
they&#39;re a more than decent bet and the away trip to Castres could see them in serious trouble.

An Tarbh
16-02-09, 11:51 AM
Geoff Murphy could be on his way to Brive next season according to rugbyrama. :lol:


Originally posted by rugbyrama
Top 14 - 16/02/2009 - 10:14
Murphy vers Brive
Selon Midi Olympique, l&#39;arrière international irlandais Geoff Murphy (30 ans) pourrait s&#39;engager prochainement avec le CA Brive. les deux parties sont en négociations.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
16-02-09, 06:32 PM
Following on from a previous post by An Tarbh:
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A number of reports in the French media claim fromer Bourgoin team-mates Nallet and Chabal, who have been second-row partners for Les Bleus in this year&#39;s Six Nations Championship, have agreed to join Racing, provided the club are promoted into the Top 14 at the end of the season.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4927766,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4927766,00.html)

Francois Steyn and Jonny Wilkinson are also linked in that report. The Rugby Times is reporting that the same club have signed Dan Scarbrough following his release by Saracens.

munross
16-02-09, 06:40 PM
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (snoopy snoopy dog dog @ Feb 16 2009, 09:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> ('index.php?act=findpost&pid=379579')</div>
Following on from a previous post by An Tarbh:
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A number of reports in the French media claim fromer Bourgoin team-mates Nallet and Chabal, who have been second-row partners for Les Bleus in this year&#39;s Six Nations Championship, have agreed to join Racing, provided the club are promoted into the Top 14 at the end of the season.[/b]
http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3...4927766,00.html (http://www.planetrugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_4927766,00.html)

Francois Steyn and Jonny Wilkinson are also linked in that report. The Rugby Times is reporting that the same club have signed Dan Scarbrough following his release by Saracens.
[/b][/quote]

I also heard about this on the news today, but I wonder...is Wilkinson going to play rugby if he goes to Racing Metro or just to keep the doctors salary on the up and the nurses happy in bed <_<

An Tarbh
16-02-09, 06:41 PM
Has Steyn not already signed a new deal to stay in South Africa?

munross
16-02-09, 06:52 PM
Don&#39;t know...seems to be alot of confussion around him about leaving or staying, last I heard was something of him staying untill his contract with The Sharks expire in October or something...

An Tarbh
16-02-09, 07:29 PM
yeah read this on scrum.com the other day, still not perfectly clear.


Originally posted by scrum.com
Springbok utility back Francois Steyn has dismissed rumours linking him with a lucrative move to a European club, insisting that he is 100% committed to the Sharks as they prepare for their opening game of the Super 14 against the Stormers on Saturday.

Steyn had been linked with several clubs, with several reports insinuating that he had signed a deal with French Division Two side Racing Metro Paris. Steyn has moved to quell any rumours of a move, insisting that he is happy in Durban.

"I did not approach anybody to go and play for them," Steyn told South African newspaper Rapport. "Clubs approached me, as they do with my team-mates as well. People who think I&#39;m not loyal don&#39;t see the smile with which I get up to train every morning.

"It&#39;s going well in Durban. I&#39;m fully focused on the Sharks&#39; Super 14 campaign and nothing else. I believe we can win the competition. After that it&#39;s the Springboks if I&#39;m picked, and then we have to defend the Currie Cup."

Steyn has struggled to pin down a set position with the Sharks and South Africa, winning international caps at fly-half, centre and fullback. He is committed to improving as a player with the Sharks, and may get a chance now that Ruan Pienaar has been earmarked for the Springbok fly-half berth.

"I don&#39;t want to go overseas because it will look as if I&#39;m running away from my problems," he said. "Money is not everything. What&#39;s important to me is to improve in what I&#39;m doing. If I&#39;m stagnating I&#39;ll have to make a plan, and if that means considering my options rather than staying here, so be it.

"At 21 I am at a crossroads in my career. The decisions I have to take now are the most difficult of my life and I pray about it a lot. I have a few options I&#39;m considering, not just overseas. However, I have not signed any contract."

Steyn felt during last season that his versatility was damaging his international ambitions, playing in four different positions for the Sharks and slipping behind Jean de Villiers and Adrian Jacobs in the pecking order at centre and Pienaar at fly-half. With an important Super 14 campaign ahead, he now has his eyes set on enjoying his game an potentially wrapping up a spot in the squad to face the British and Irish Lions in June.

"All the moving around meant I could not improve and that was frustrating. I know I won&#39;t walk into the Bok side at inside centre because Jean de Villiers is in great form. But that&#39;s not all that it&#39;s about," he added. "I owe it to myself to enjoy my rugby again. "I believe if I play well enough I&#39;ll be in contention when the Bok squad is picked. I will play where they need me and have never made any demands. The prospect of playing against the Lions is a huge incentive."

Cymro
16-02-09, 09:11 PM
James Haskelly linked to Cardiff Blues!

Nidhogg
17-02-09, 08:58 AM
This all seems very weird to me. I mean, why in the world would any team want to sign Tom Palmer, especially a french team?

An Tarbh
18-02-09, 01:39 PM
Kayser is on his way to Paris as well, has signed a deal for 2 years.

Sir Speedy
23-02-09, 03:11 PM
Rory Lamont will be leaving Sale after this season to a club that can &#39;match his salary demands&#39;.
I assume he&#39;ll be off to one of the big &#39;uns in France.
Sauce (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby_union/s/1098371_lamont_to_take_the_high_road)

snoopy snoopy dog dog
23-02-09, 05:20 PM
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Rory Lamont will be leaving Sale after this season to a club that can &#39;match his salary demands&#39;.
I assume he&#39;ll be off to one of the big &#39;uns in France.
Sauce (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/rugby_union/s/1098371_lamont_to_take_the_high_road)[/b]
Sale will look like a completely different side next year with their coach leaving along with Chabal, White, Lamont and probably McAllister. Are they in financial trouble?

Sir Speedy
23-02-09, 05:30 PM
Don&#39;t think so. I guess the lure of the big bucks in France just eclipses anything that Sale can offer. Losing these players will free up some money and then Sale can recruit some more decent players. Juan-Martin Lobbe is also being linked with a move to Northampton with his brother. If Lobbe and McAlister leave then it would be a disaster for the club, and if Peel leaves aswell as he&#39;s rumoured to then it would be catastrophe - in the latter case it&#39;s Sale&#39;s fault though for not picking him, when he&#39;s clearly better than Wigglesworth, causing him to fall out of favour with Gatland.

As for PSA, since he&#39;s stepped down we&#39;ve had a good game in Kingsholm and stuffed both Worcester and Bristol. He won&#39;t be a massive loss, since with him they&#39;d have a tendency to go French and vanish in key games. Kingsley will do fine if he can keep/recrui new players (NOT THE ROBINSON BROTHERS!!!).
By the way, I think Faure is moving back to France aswell. Another rumour at the very least.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
23-02-09, 06:17 PM
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Don&#39;t think so. I guess the lure of the big bucks in France just eclipses anything that Sale can offer. Losing these players will free up some money and then Sale can recruit some more decent players. Juan-Martin Lobbe is also being linked with a move to Northampton with his brother. If Lobbe and McAlister leave then it would be a disaster for the club, and if Peel leaves aswell as he&#39;s rumoured to then it would be catastrophe - in the latter case it&#39;s Sale&#39;s fault though for not picking him, when he&#39;s clearly better than Wigglesworth, causing him to fall out of favour with Gatland.

As for PSA, since he&#39;s stepped down we&#39;ve had a good game in Kingsholm and stuffed both Worcester and Bristol. He won&#39;t be a massive loss, since with him they&#39;d have a tendency to go French and vanish in key games. Kingsley will do fine if he can keep/recrui new players (NOT THE ROBINSON BROTHERS!!!).
By the way, I think Faure is moving back to France aswell. Another rumour at the very least.[/b]
Thanks for the update. I wasn&#39;t aware of rumours surrounding Faure and Lobbe. Does PSA have a hands on coaching role at present or is he just the director of rugby? I ask because to me he&#39;s always come across as a great recruiter of talent but not so much of a brilliant tactical mind. In a purely DoR role with a head coach under him, PSA could do fantastic things for a club in my opinion.

Sir Speedy
23-02-09, 07:42 PM
PSA stepped down for Jones after the Clermont match in January.
He said when he goes to Toulon, he won&#39;t be taking any of the Sale players with him. But I don&#39;t see the players holding up their end of that bargain with the money at Toulon (PSA is going there isn&#39;t he?).

An Tarbh
04-03-09, 08:46 AM
Lionel Faure has followed in Jason White&#39;s steps by signing a deal with Clermont for 2 years with the option to extend that by a year.

An Tarbh
09-03-09, 07:09 PM
Leinster PRO Peter Breen has denied that Felipe Contepomi is on his way to Toulon despite the claims to the contrary by the club chairman according to Reuters.

snoopy snoopy dog dog
17-03-09, 12:40 PM
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/mar/1...jonny-wilkinson (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/mar/17/newcastle-toulon-rugby-union-jonny-wilkinson)

The Toulon (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/toulon) owner, Mourad Boudjellal, is confident of signing the Newcastle and England fly-half, Jonny Wilkinson (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/jonny-wilkinson), on a salary of €1.5m (£1.4m) a year. Wilkinson, right, met Boudjellal last weekend and watched Toulon&#39;s defeat to Perpignan before returning to Newcastle.

"We welcomed Jonny Wilkinson, he was happy here and now he has gone," Boudjellal said. "The most important thing for us is to stay in the top flight and then we will think about everything else."

Toulon are 11th in the Top 14 and Wilkinson will not join them if they go down. Toulon last week signed the Leinster and Argentina fly-half, Felipe Contepomi, but *Boudjellal has made Wilkinson, who is due to return to action this weekend after six months out with a knee injury, his top target.

Wilkinson has another year to run on his contract with the Falcons, who have said they are not resigned to losing the 29-year-old.[/b]

Singo
10-04-09, 03:12 PM
Census Johnston could sign to Toulouse.

Is he still good ?

An Tarbh
20-04-09, 06:32 PM
Balshaw is off to Biarritz on a 2 year contract according to Rugbyrama, God Help them!