De plus en plus d'Américains dans le Top 14

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - APRIL 16: David Ainuu of Toulouse celebrates following the Heineken Champions Cup Round of 16 Leg Two match between Ulster Rugby and Stade Toulousain at Kingspan Stadium on April 16, 2022 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Le recrutement et la signature des joueurs se poursuivent. Des exemples récents en France ont vu des joueurs internationaux d’Amérique du Nord et d’Amérique du Sud s’assurer un avenir dans le Top 14.

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Des négociations sont également en cours et pourraient déboucher sur de futurs transferts dans les semaines à venir.

Prolongations

David Ainu’u n’ira finalement nulle part ailleurs. Le pilier des USA Eagles, âgé de 24 ans, a signé un nouveau contrat avec la puissance toulousaine. Ainu’u a signé pour rester à Toulouse jusqu’en 2027.

C’est une très belle opportunité pour Ainu’u et pour les Eagles. car plus de joueurs des Eagles s’aiguiseront dans le Top 14, plus le niveau sera élevé et profitable pour l’équipe nationale des Etats-Unis. Une aubaine si on se projette pour la Coupe du Monde de Rugby de Los Angeles en 2031. En ce qui le concerne, Ainu’u compte 22 sélections pour les USA Eagles.

Le vétéran argentin Jerónimo de la Fuente s’est également mis d’accord avec son club. Le centre de Rosario a signé pour deux années supplémentaires avec Perpignan. Cela signifie que de la Fuente restera en France jusqu’en juin 2026.

Un bon contingent d’Argentins

Il est arrivé au club en provenance de Los Jaguares en Super Rugby en 2020. Le joueur de 32 ans a joué à la Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2023, notamment lors de la finale de bronze et il était capitaine contre le Chili. Il compte 78 sélections en équipe nationale avec Los Pumas.

De la Fuente est le coéquipier de Joaquín Oviedo. Le troisième ligne est sous contrat avec Perpignan jusqu’à la fin de la saison en cours. Les négociations en cours montrent que Montpellier cherche à recruter le joueur de Córdoba à partir de la saison prochaine.

Oviedo a rejoint de la Fuente en jouant pour l’Argentine contre le Chili lors de la Coupe du monde. Ce joueur de 22 ans est lui aussi promis à un bel avenir.

Le deuxième ligne des Pumas, Tomás Lavanini, est également sur le marché des transferts. Bayonne est intéressé par la signature du géant de Buenos Aires avec son club actuel de Clermont.

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Lavanini a rejoint de la Fuente lors des trois dernières Coupes du Monde de Rugby. Le joueur de 30 ans a pour objectif d’atteindre les 100 sélections. Il en compte actuellement 86 sous le maillot des Pumas.

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finn 5 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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Simon 7 hours ago
Is the Six Nations balance of power shifting?

There are a few issues with the article. Despite somehow getting to a RWC semi final, England are nowhere near Probable status and should be swapped with Scotland on current form. France’s failure at RWC 23 has massively hit their mindset. Psychologically, they need a reset of gigantic proportions otherwise they will revert to, Top 14 first, international rugby an afterthought again. Ireland are allowed to play the way they are by less than acceptable officiating. Make no bones about it, with Easterby coaching, Ireland cheat, they break the rules at almost every facet of the game and generally referees, influenced by the media that Ireland are somehow playing the best rugby in the world, allow them. Scrums - Porter never pushes straight and immediately turns in. The flankers lose their binds and almost latch on to the opposition props. Rucks - they always and I mean always clear out from the side and take players out beyond the ball, effectively taking them out of being ready for the next phase. Not once do green shirts enter rucks from the rear foot. Referees should be made to look at the video of the game against Wales and see that Irish backs and forwards happily enter rucks from the side to effect a clearout, thus giving them the sub 3 second ruck speed everybody dreams about. They also stand in offside positions at rucks to ‘block’ opposing players from making clear tackles allowing the ball carrier to break the gainline almost every time. They then turn and are always ahead of play and therefore enter subsequent rucks illegally. Mauls - there is always a blocker between the ball catcher and the opposition. It is subtle but it is there. Gatland still needs to break the shackles and allow his team a bit more freedom to play rugby. He no longer has a team of 16 stone plus players who batter the gainline. He has to adapt and be more thoughtful in attack. Scotland are playing well but they have the creaky defence that leaks tries.

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