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Every Top 14 transfer ahead of the 2022/23 season

By Stefan Frost
Ben Lam of the Hurricanes looks on prior to the round 7 Super Rugby Aotearoa match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes at Orangetheory Stadium on July 25, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

With Montpellier now crowned Top 14 champions, attention turns to the players each side has brought in to better their chances of winning the trophy next season.

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Newcomers Bayonne have been the busiest in the transfer market, releasing players to make space for known quantities in Maxime Machenaud and Camille Lopez.

Clermont have decided to call time on some of their ageing former internationals while Perpignan and La Rochelle have been similarly keen to dispense of players in their dressing room.

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Today we’re delighted to be joined by Ex England & Lions legend Mark Cueto to help preview an incredibly mouth watering weekend of international test match rugby, as well as hear some incredible stories from throughout his illustrious career. From Brian Ashton losing control of the England team at the 2007 world cup, to his hatred for Stuart Lancaster, the inside story of ‘Dwarf Tossing’ in NZ in 2011 and his thoughts on ‘Crazy Eddie Jones’ – there’s a lot to enjoy in this episode. Plus Ryan has just got back from a remarkably loose weekend in the Caribbean, Max has just flown in fresh from a stag-do in Vegas and Mark’s been at a 4 day wedding in New York – so on top of the rugby be prepared for a lot of fantastic stories and anecdotes .

There are also a few retirements looming, including French legends Louis Picamoles and François Trinh-Duc. Below RugbyPass takes a look at every single confirmed transfer ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Bayonne

Incoming:
Pierre Huguet – Carcassonne
Maxime Machenaud – Racing 92
Thomas Acquier – Brive
Bastien Pourailly – Clermont
Thomas Ceyte – Nevers
Camille Lopez – Clermont
Quentin Bethune – Stade Français
Manuel Leindekar – Oyonnax
Pascal Cotet – Narbonne
Jason Robertson – Narbonne
Facundo Bosch – La Rochelle
Kaminieli Rasaku – Fiji Sevens
Eneriko Buliruarua – La Rochelle
Mateaki Kafatolu – Castres
Pieter Scholtz – Wasps
Geoff Cridge – Waratahs

Outgoing:
Ugo Boniface – Bordeaux
Asier Usarraga – Castres
Filimo Taofifenua – Oyonnax
Jean-Baptiste de Clercq – Bourg-en-Bresse
Maxime Lafage – Vannes
Theo Costosseque – Vannes
Luc Mousset – Retired
John Ulugia – Retired
Shaun Venter – Montauban
Maxime Delonca – Dax
Mariano Galarza – Retired
Guillaume Douche – Dax
Joe Ravouvou – Oyonnax
Ioane Iashaghashvili – Valence Romans
Mat Luamanu – Released
Manuel Ordas – Released
Guillaume Bouche – Dax
Iker Aduriz – Saint Jean-de-Luz
Luigi Ostoni – Released
Alex Saleta – Saint Jean-de-Luz
Nolan Decap – Nevers
Enzo Labadie – Released

Bordeaux

Incoming:
Ugo Boniface – Bayonne
Antoine Miquel – Toulouse
Zack Holmes – Toulouse
Tani Vili – Clermont
Madosh Tambwe – Bulls

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France’s Francois Trinh-Duc

Outgoing:
Louis Picamoles – Retired
Ulupano Seuteni – La Rochelle
Ben Lam – Montpellier
Vadim Cobîla? – Retired
Alexandre Roumat – Toulouse
François Trinh-Duc – Retired
Thierry Paiva – La Rochelle
Julien Brosse – Massy
Enzo Baggiani – Vannes
Joseph Dweba – Stormers
Pablo Dimcheff – Mont-de-Marsan

Brive

Incoming:
Sammy Arnold – Connacht
Malino Vanai – Agen
Rodrigo Bruni – Vannes
Abraham Papali’i – Connacht
Lucas Da Silva – Stade Français
Marcel van der Merwe – London Irish
Julien Delannoy – Pau

Outgoing:
Peniami Narisia – Racing 92
Kitione Kamikamica – Racing 92
Simon-Pierre Chauvac – Montpellier
Thomas Acquier – Bayonne
Victor Lebas – Oyonnax
Soso Bekoshvili – Carcassonne
Cody Thomas – Rouen
Sevanaia Galala – Montauban
Tedo Abzhandadze – Montauban
Dylan Lam – Massy
Steevy Cerqueira – Released
So’otala Fa’aso’o – London Irish
Otar Giorgadze – Released
Pierre Tournebize – Released
Dylan Hohaa – Pontlieue

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Castres

Incoming:
Aurelien Azar – Carcassonne
Gauthier Maravat – Agen
Adrien Seguret – Grenoble
Asier Usarraga – Bayonne
Gauthier Doubrere – Mont-de-Marsan

Outgoing:
Rory Kockott – Retired
Clement Clavieres – Carcassonne
Pierre Aguillon – Carcassonne
Jack Whetton – Colomiers
Stephane Onambele – Carcassonne
Bastien Guillemin – Montauban
Julius Nostadt – Provence
Mateaki Kafatolu – Bayonne
Hugo Hermet – Oyonnax
Loic Jacquet – Released

Clermont

Incoming:
Anthony Belleau – Toulon
Jules Plisson – La Rochelle
Loic Godener – Stade Français
Irae Simone – Brumbies
Bautista Delguy – Perpignan
Julien Hériteau – Toulon
Alex Newsome – Waratahs

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Outgoing:
Morgan Parra – Stade Français
Tani Vili – Bordeaux
Bastien Pourailly – Bayonne
Camille Lopez – Bayonne
JJ Hanrahan – Dragons
Juan Martin Scelzo – Stade Français
Clement Lanen – Massy
Kotaro Matsushima – Released
Peni Ravai – Released

La Rochelle

Incoming:
Antoine Hastoy – Pau
Quentin Lespiaucq – Pau
Ulupano Seuteni – Bordeaux
Thierry Paiva – Bordeaux
Teddy Thomas – Racing 92
Georges-Henri Colombe – Racing 92
Yoan Tanga-Mangene – Racing 92
Ultan Dillane – Connacht

Outgoing:
Ihaia West – Toulon
Jules Plisson – Clermont
Arthur Retière – Toulouse
Mathieu Tanguy – Toulon
Wiaan Liebenberg – Retired
Dany Priso – Toulon
Victor Vito – Retired
Jérémy Sinzelle – Toulon
Guram Papidze – Pau
Facundo Bosch – Bayonne
Kavekini Tabu – Bourg-en-Bresse
Eneriko Buliruarua – Bayonne
Ramiro Herrera – Released
Motu Matu’u – Brive
Kevin Gourdon – Retired
Emile Tuimavave – Released
Damian Markus – Released

Lyon

Incoming:
Paulo Tafili – Toulouse
Josiah Maraku – Narbonne
Maxime Gouzou – Mont-de-Marsan
Liam Coltman – Highlanders
Kyle Godwin – Western Force
Arno Botha – Bulls

Outgoing:
Mickaël Ivaldi – Stade Français
Pierre-Louis Barassi – Toulouse
Clement Laporte – Pau
Charlie Ngatai – Leinster
Colby Fainga’a – Released
Mathieu Bastareaud – Released
Xavier Chiocci – Perpignan
Joe Taufete’e – LA Giltinis

Montpellier

Incoming:
Ben Lam – Bordeaux
Simon-Pierre Chauvac – Brive
Léo Coly – Mont-de-Marsan
Louis Carbonel – Toulon
Clement Doumenc – Carcassonne
Karl Tu’inukuafe – Blues
Giovanni Sante – Mogliano

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Outgoing:
Guilhem Guirado – Retired
Handré Pollard – Leicester Tigers
Mikheil Nariashvili – Released
Fulgence Ouedraogo – Retired
Robert Rodgers – Aurillac
Benoît Paillaugue – Toulon
Malik Hamadache – Agen
Kélian Galletier – Perpignan
Yannick Arroyo – Béziers
Martin Doan – Mont-de-Marsan
Mickaël Capelli – Pau
Loan Moulis – Soyaux-Angouleme

Pau

Incoming:
Sacha Zegueur – Oyonnax
Emilien Gailleton – Agen
Clement Laporte – Lyon
Guram Papidze – La Rochelle
Romain Ruffenach – Biarritz
Mickaël Capelli – Montpellier

Outgoing:
Giovanni Habel-Kuffner – Stade Français
Antoine Hastoy – La Rochelle
Quentin Lespiaucq – La Rochelle
Daniel Ramsay – Retired
Kevin Yameogo – Montauban
Marco Zanon – Benetton
Julien Delannoy – Brive
Alexandre Dumoulin – Released
Mike Harris – Retired

Perpignan

Incoming:
Jake McIntyre – Western Force
Victor Moreaux – Racing 92
Kélian Galletier – Montpellier
Boris Goutard – Narbonne
Ma?afu Fia – Ospreys

Outgoing:
Melvyn Jaminet – Toulouse
Jean-Bernard Pujol – Montauban
Julien Farnoux – Grenoble
Damien Chouly – Retired
Bautista Delguy – Clermont
Dylan Jaminet – Nevers
Nafi Ma’afu – Biarritz
Killian Taofifenua – Biarritz
Davit Kubriashvili – Retired
Sami Mavinga – Released
Tevita Cavubati – Retired
Baptiste Plana – Retired
Conor Carey – Northampton Saints
Hugh Roach – Released
Julien Farnoux – Grenoble

Racing 92

Incoming:
Janick Tarrit – Nevers
Peniami Narisia – Brive
Kitione Kamikamica – Brive
Asaeli Tuivuaka – Zebre Parma
Warrick Gelant – Stormers
Veikoso Poloniati – Moana Pasifika
Arthur Bonneval – Toulouse
Martin Meliande – Bourg-en-Bresse

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Outgoing:
Georges-Henri Colombe – La Rochelle
Teddy Thomas – La Rochelle
Yoan Tanga-Mangene – La Rochelle
Teddy Baubigny – Toulon
Maxime Machenaud – Bayonne
Victor Moreaux – Perpignan
Luka Begic – Chambéry
Mitch Short – Béziers
Kurtley Beale – Waratahs

Stade Français

Incoming:
Giovanni Habel-Kuffner – Pau
Morgan Parra – Clermont
Mickaël Ivaldi – Lyon
Stephane Ahmed – Montauban
Mathieu Hirigoyen – Biarritz
Lucas Peyresblanques – Biarritz
Giorgi Tsutskiridze – Aurillac
Julien Ory – Toulon
Juan Martin Scelzo – Clermont

Outgoing:
Waisea Nayacalevu – Toulon
Charlie Francoz – Biarritz
Quentin Bethune – Bayonne
Lucas Da Silva – Brive
Talalelei Gray – Grenoble
Loic Godener – Clermont
Antoine Burban – Retired
Yoann Maestri – Retired
Adrien Lapegue – Provence
Tolu Latu – Released

Toulon

Incoming:
Ihaia West – La Rochelle
Teddy Baubigny – Racing 92
Waisea Nayacalevu – Stade Français
Mathieu Tanguy – La Rochelle
Dany Priso – La Rochelle
Ma?lan Rabut – Vannes
Jérémy Sinzelle – La Rochelle
Benoît Paillaugue – Montpellier
Gaël Drean – Rennes

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Outgoing:
Anthony Belleau – Clermont
Louis Carbonel – Montpellier
Sonatane Takulua – Agen
Eben Etzebeth – Sharks
Lopeti Timani – Cardiff
Mike Sosene-Feagai – Agen
Julien Ory – Stade Français
Julien Hériteau – Clermont
Petero Tuwai – Suresnes
Fabio Gonzalez – Chambéry
Leone Nakarawa – Released
Theo Dachary – Released
Charlton Kerr – Union Cognac-Saint-Jean
Ruben Arruabarrena – Soyaux-Angouleme

Toulouse

Incoming:
Alexandre Roumat – Bordeaux
Arthur Retière – La Rochelle
Melvyn Jaminet – Perpignan
Pierre-Louis Barassi – Lyon
Paul Graou – Agen
Ange Capuozzo – Grenoble

Outgoing:
Antoine Miquel – Bordeaux
Zack Holmes – Bordeaux
Joe Tekori – Retired
Paulo Tafili – Lyon
Maxime Medard – Retired
Arthur Bonneval – Racing 92
Rory Arnold – Released
Tim Nanai-Williams – Released
Jean-Baptiste Reggiardo – Suresnes

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Jon 2 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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