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Toulouse. Paul Graou (Agen) in the viewfinder
According to Midi-Olympicthe Toulouse stadium woo Agen’s scrum-half, Paul Grau (24 years). Committed until 2023 with the SUA, the native ofAuch (Gers) however has a clause allowing him to join a Top 14 club, in the event of an offer from an Elite formation. And it must be activated before the end of February.
In Toulouse, Graou would thus join his two Auscitain friends Antoine Dupont and Anthony Jelonch, with whom he wrote the best hours of the FCA among young people, but would also expose himself to fierce competition for the position of scrum half, with the irremovable Antoine Dupont, under contract until 2027, the understudy Baptist Germain and Alexi Balescommitted until 2023, as well as the young Martin Page-Relo and Theo Idjellidainewho are at the end of their contract in the Pink City next June.
Bordeaux-Bègles: A former Castrese as a medical joker
The club of Bordeaux-Bègles announced this Monday, February 14, 2022 the arrival of the Tongan international Madame Vaipulu (32 years old; 13 selections) as medical joker from his second line Cyril Cazeauxwho must again have a wrist operation.
Vaipulu will therefore find the Top 14, he who had left Castres in 2021 for family reasons. He wanted to return home. Six months later, the third line returns to France and will help UBB, current leader of the Top 14.
Racing 92. A Springbok signed, another refused…
According to SA RugbyMagthe Race 92 holds the replacement for his Australian full-back Kurtley Beale, who will return to the Waratahs next season. This is the Springbok Warrick Gelant (26 years old; 9 selections). The player of the Stormers (South Africa) would have accepted the offer of the leaders of Ile-de-France, for an annual salary of 450,000€.
The Ciel et Blancs could have struck even harder by enlisting the South African captain, Siya Kolissi (30 years old; 63 selections), but he finally declined the Ile-de-France proposal, as did the second line of the Wallabies Adam Colman (30 years old; 38 caps), who should ultimately stay with the London Irish.
…Two locked hopes
In addition, Racing 92 formalized, on Saturday February 12, the signing of the first professional contracts of two young talents trained at the club: the back max spring (20 years old), who has 7 games with the professional squad and the third line Mahamadou Coulibaly (19 years old), arrived in the 1st year Crabos of the Espoirs de Tours pole, but who has not yet appeared with the pros. Both will remain in Sky and White for several more seasons.
Toulon. Jean-Baptiste Gros also on the way out…
After the recent announcements of the departures of Louis Carbonel and Eben Etzebeth, Toulon could lose another executive at the end of the season. This is the international left pillar Jean-Baptiste Gros (22 years old; 16 selections). Given the difficult sporting situation of the RCT and the fate reserved for his friend Carbonel, the native of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) would also have displayed his intentions of leaving at the end of the season. Toulon president Bernard Lemaître would not be against a departure and could even offer him an exit voucher. Montpellier, which has already enlisted Carbonel, would be in its ranks, but will have to pay a large compensatory allowance to secure the services of Gros who is under contract until 2025 in the Var.
… Waisea could give a false leap
To make matters worse, Toulon could also not see landing in its ranks, the three-quarters Fijian international center of the Stade Français, Waisea Nayacalevu (31 years old; 18 selections), who had committed himself to the RCT several weeks ago. Indeed, the person concerned would ultimately keep staying in the capital and therefore fail the Rouge et Noir. It would be a hell of an additional blow for the Var leaders.
Agen. Sonatane Takulua and Malik Hamadache tracked…
According to Midi-Olympic, Agen activated the track of the Tongan international scrum half of Toulon, Sonatane Takulua (31 years old; 38 caps), to replace Paul Graou, announced to be leaving for Toulouse (see above). Captain of Tonga, he would bring all his experience and high-level experience to promising young scrum-halves, such as Dorian Bellot, whose manager Bernard Goutta hopes for a long-term extension, and would also relaunch his career, since he only played 3 games with the RCT this season (two in the Top 14 and one in the Challenge Cup). Another player followed by the leaders of the SUA: the right pillar Malik Hamadache (34 years old), not retained by Montpellier at the end of this season. Supposed to join Provence Rugby this summer, he could possibly change direction and engage with Agen, according to Midi-Olympic.
…several extended frames
In the radius of extensions, the SUA managed to keep its hooker Clement Martinez (25 years old) and offered an extension offer to the young Loris Zarantonello (21), who is however courted by Top 14 clubs. Among the other files on manager Bernard Goutta’s desk, there are also those of the Tongan third line Fotu Lokotui (29) and three-quarters Fijian Kolinio Ramoka (27 years old), who wishes to remain at the SUA and whose negotiations are on the right track. Under contract until 2023, they should therefore re-engage in 2025, like the Fijian winger Tevita Railevyou (24 years old). On the other hand, the Irishman Noel Reid left the club by mutual agreement on Saturday February 12.
Vise Montauban Semesa Rokoduguni
According to The Rugby Diary, Montauban (sevenand de Pro D2) courts the English international winger of Fijian origin Semesa Rokoduguni (34 years old; 4 caps), who has been evolving for ten years at Bath (England) and has XXL statistics, with 69 tries scored in 187 games. The Tarn-et-Garonne club would keep making the former soldier the headliner of its recruitment for next season. By disembarking at theUSM Sapiache would get closer to his little brother Peni Rokoduguniwho wears the colors of Colomiers since 2019.
Provence Rugby suit two internationals
According to Midi-Olympicthe club of Provence-Rugby (9and de Pro D2) is in advanced discussions with two internationals: the English third line Teimana Harrison (29 years old; 5 selections), at the end of the contract with Northamptonand the Fijian second line Tevita Cavubati (34 years old; 30 selections), engaged until June 2023 with Perpignan. Both recently met the Aix leaders.
In addition, the Provençal club must soon formalize the constitution of its management for next season. Management would be in advanced contact with Stephane Glas and Julien Brugnautbut other names continue to circular, such as those of Rory Teague and Patrice Collazo.
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