By Simon Galinier
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Montpelier. Curtis Langdon has arrived
The reigning French champion, Montpellier, took benefit of the judicial liquidation of the English membership Worcester, to recruit with instant impact the English worldwide hooker Curtis Langdon (25 years outdated; 2 alternatives), with out a membership after the suspension and relegation of the Warriors. Handed by the London Irish and Sale (89 skilled conferences with the Sharks), he could have performed solely 3 video games (2 tenures and a check) with Worcester and can dwell his first expertise overseas.
Within the Hérault, he’ll notably be in competitors with the Australian worldwide Brandon Paenga-Amosa within the Hérault in addition to with Jérémie Maurouard (30 years outdated), Vincent Giudicelli (25 years outdated) and the younger South African Ru-Hann Greyling (23 years).
Racing 92. Biyi Alo, heavy rookie
After the receivership of the Wasps, which adopted that of Worcester, the Racing 92 sniffed the appropriate shot by recruiting the stable English proper pillar Biyi Alo (29 years outdated; 1.88m, 145 kg), ex-international U18 and U20. Premiership’s heaviest participant for a number of seasons, he has simply joined the Hauts-de-Seine membership, even collaborating in coaching on Tuesday 18 October. If the membership hasn’t made something official but, it solely looks like a matter of time. Let’s not overlook that the Ile-de-France membership has additionally obtained the settlement for subsequent yr from the pillar of Oyonnax, Thomas Laclayat, referred to as up by the XV of France for the autumn tour.
Lyon locks Sébastien Taofifenua…
Wednesday, October 19, Lyons formalized the extension of the contract of its left pillar, Sebastien Taofifenua (30 years outdated; 2 alternatives), for 2 further seasons, i.e. till June 2025. Arrived at LOU in 2021, after stints in Perpignan (2011-2014), Bordeaux-Bègles (2014-2018) and Toulon (2018- 2021), he has already performed 6 video games this season, together with 4 as a starter. However he was injured within the win over UBB (36-21, 6e High 14 day), on October ninth. Sufferer of a torn left calf, he must be out of the sector for about 3 months.
…however loses coach Kendrick Lynn
Within the departures division, the LOU will lose its technician Kendrick Lynn. Appointed head coach of Lyon this season alongside supervisor Xavier Garbajosa, he’ll go away the Rhône on the finish of the 2022-2023 season to return to New Zealand to reunite along with his household and his nation. Arrived as a participant in November 2013, he performed 35 matches (9 tries) underneath the colours of LOU, topped with two titles of French Professional D2 Champions (2014 and 2016). After a transition from participant to educate throughout his final season on the pitch, he was initially named “three-quarters and expertise coach” earlier than taking over increasingly scope and duties inside the membership. Lyon squad. A tough employee and sensible educator, he contributed preciously for a number of years to the event of Lyon’s sport plan.
Brive recruits two foreigners
After the dismissal of its Irish supervisor Jeremy Davidson, changed by Arnaud Méla, appointed interim head coach, CA Brive Corrèze has determined to strengthen considerably, by securing the providers of the Fijian worldwide second line Mesulame Kunavulu (26 years outdated; 7 alternatives), from Edinburgh (Scotland), in addition to the Samoan proper pillar Tiétie Tuimauga (29 years outdated; 2 alternatives), who arrives from the Wellington Lions (New Zealand) to compensate for the harm of Georgian Luka Japaridze, sufferer of a rupture of the cruciate ligaments in Perpignan.
Beziers. Romain Uruty extends over time
Wednesday, October 19, the membership of Beziers (Professional D2) introduced the extension of the contract of its opening half Romain Uruty (24 years outdated) for 3 further seasons, i.e. till June 2026. Skilled at Saint-Jory Bruguières XV, then handed by means of the settlement of the Vallée du Girou XV and SC Albi, he has simply initialed his first skilled contract with the ASBH, the place he arrived in 2019. This season, he has performed 7 Professional D2 video games, all as a starter, and has already scored 71 factors (17 penalties and 10 conversions).
Colomiers. Marco Fepulea’i returns till 2023
Arrived this summer time in Colomiers from the USA, the Samoan mainstay Marco Fepulea’i (27 years outdated) has determined to increase his journey with the membership à la Colombe, since he has re-engaged for 2 seasons, i.e. till 2025. Shortly built-in into the Columérin group, he has 5 video games with Colombe, together with 4 tenures. He notably participated within the victories towards Béziers, Provence Rugby and Nevers and even scored his first attempt with Colomiers towards Vannes, in the course of the fifth day of Professional D2.
Montauban hires Puma Rodrigo Fernandez Criado
On Tuesday October 18, USM Sapiac formally introduced that the trial provided to second-line Argentinian worldwide Rodrigo Fernandez Criado (24 years outdated; 2 caps) was remodeled right into a one-season contract. The previous Jaguares participant, who received the Tremendous Liga Americana in 2021, has due to this fact now joined the Inexperienced and Black squad, not less than till the tip of the 2022-2023 season.
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