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Ambitious ProD2 side Aix-en-Provence sign former France lock and a Wallaby

By Ian Cameron
Maro Itoje of England and Alexandre Flanquart of France in action during the RBS Six Nations match (crunch) between France and England at Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Saint-Denis near Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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ProD2 side Aix-en-Provence have shown their ambition this week by signing a former France second row and a one-time Wallaby.

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The side have confirmed the signing of two internationals, who are both currently playing in the Top 14: Clermont Auvergne centre Clermont Peter Betham and Bordeaux second-row Alexandre Flanquart.

The pair have signed two-year deals.

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Betham won two caps for the Wallabies back in 2013 before making his way from the Waratahs to Europe where he has starred for Leicester Tigers for two seasons in the Gallagher Premiership from 2015 and then on to Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 in 2017.

The 32-year-old was originally born in Wellington New Zealand before moving at an early age to Sydney where his rugby union career blossomed.

Flanquart, who stands 6 feet 9 inches tall, will join Aix-en-Provence from high flying Bordeaux Begles. The towering lock enjoyed a spell with the French national team that saw him amass 22 caps.

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The pair will join the club, who currently sit in 13th on the ProD2 table, in July.

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Ambitious ProD2 side Aix-en-Provence sign former France lock and a Wallaby

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