Rugby.  The Londoner was eliminated from the British Championship: which players could land in the Top 14

Rugby. The Londoner was eliminated from the British Championship: which players could land in the Top 14

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Internationals Agustin Creevy and Adam Coleman could be released by London Irish. The second one attracts 2 Top 14 clubs. (©Icon Sport)

English rugby is going badly, very badly! After the loss of Wasps and Worcester, the third Englishman is in dire financial straits and may go out of business, London Irish. On Wednesday June 7, 2023, “Les Exilés” was suspended from all competitions next season due to bankruptcy.

The decision was taken because “London Irish and their buyers have failed to provide assurances about their financial ability to switch to the Premier League for the 2023-2024 season”. The federation remembers that the club already had 8 days to pay the back wages, and that this time had expired.

This defeat for the London Irish is a boon for the French clubs who will try to recover the players released by the English club, 5.e Premiership this season and who narrowly missed qualifying for the semi-finals. In addition, others have already been announced to leave for the Top 14, but the competition promises to be tough. Here are some good steps to take.

So’otala Fa’aso’o and Adam Coleman followed in the Top 14

Depending Daytime OlympicsThe first two French clubs that could benefit from the financial problems of the London Irish are Perpignan And Bayonne.

Usap, which saved its skin in the Top 14 during the access match in Grenoble (19-33), is interested in the Samoan number 8 of London Irish. So’otala Fa’aso’o (age 28), whose penetrating power destroyed French turf, when he played at Racing 92 (2016-2018) then at Brive (2018-2022). This will be a major boost for the Catalans who will lose England international Brad Shields (Hurricanes) in the third row, while No. 8 Genesis Mamea Lemalu, at the end of his contract, has not yet been extended.

In the event of the final closing, and therefore the release of the contracts of London Irish players, Bayonne is also ready to act. The Basque club, which signed a historic season by qualifying for the Champions Cup (8e), closely followed by Australia’s second-ranked international Adam Coleman (age 31; 38 games), who played just 8 games this season, before suffering a shoulder injury in February. He is also adopted by the Waratahs, the Western Power and the Melbourne Rebels (Australia), he has solid measurements (2.07m and 122 kg). But Perpignan he would also be in his ranks, because Sang et Or are actively searching for a second rank.

Adam Coleman could be 2th Australian players from London Irish who will land in France, as Rob Simmons (age 34; 106 caps) has already signed for Clermont.

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Former Ireland opener from Perpignan, Paddy Jackson, could return to France. (©Icon Sports)

Paddy Jackson to Pro D2, Henry Arundell targeted by Bath

According to the UK website, Briverelegated to Pro D2 and faced with a transfer of players, would play the Irish international, Paddy Jackson (31 years; 25 matches), who went through Perpignan (25 matches in 2018-2019) without any success.

Zimbabwe pillar Lovejoy Chawatama (age 30) can, meanwhile, join Bristol (England), while Bath aims to win the English title. Henry Arundel (age 20; 7 caps), who had scored a 100m try against Toulon, as well as the third row. Tom Pearson (23 years).

International in spades recently on the market?

If the Irish can’t save themselves, other major international players will be in the market. We are thinking of the Argentines Agustin Creevy, Facundo Gigena And Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, for the Italians Danilo Fischetti And Luca Morisseaufor the Scottish scrum-half Ben Mzunguto the British wing Ollie Hassell-Collinsto the Australian Pillar Ollie Hoskins or even on the second line of Fiji Api Ratuniyarawathe passage of Agen (2013-2016).

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