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Exit of 4 current England rugby players rumoured in French media

By Ian Cameron
Kyle Sinckler of England celebrates with fans after the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between England and Japan at Stade de Nice on September 17, 2023 in Nice, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

A recent report by Midi Olympique suggests that as many as four current England rugby players are could be embarking on a return journey to France after the Rugby World Cup.

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While England are two from two at the World Cup thanks to wins over Argentina and Japan in Pool D, the thoughts of at least some of their number may be on the prospect of continuing their careers in France.

The quartet—comprising Kyle Sinckler, Elliot Daly, Will Stuart, and Lewis Ludlam—have apparently captured the attention of several Top 14 sides according to reports this week.

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At 30 years of age, Sinckler finds himself at a pivotal point in his career and is understood to be nearing the end of his contract with Pat Lam’s Bristol. The former Harlequins stalwart and British & Irish Lions tourist is entering his prime as a prop is apparently part of the conversation.

Tighthead Will Stuart, the rising star of English rugby’s front row, is in a similar contractual position, approaching the end of his tenure with Bath.

Toulon, who had previously set their sights on Demba Bamba, are reported to be considering Will Stuart as an alternative.

Meanwhile, ASM Clermont, facing the potential departure of Rabah Slimani, and Union Bordeaux-Begles and Castres Olympique, are also in the hunt to secure a tighthead, with both Stuart and Sinckler high on the shopping list.

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Saracens’ utility back Elliot Daly is yet another player in the spotlight among French recruiters. The former British & Irish Lions veteran’s versatility and wealth of experience have made him a valuable asset for England under Steve Borthwick, and a number of French clubs are said to be eager to harness his talents.

Lewis Ludlam, himself a versatile back-row forward celebrated for his physicality and work rate, has also piqued the interest of Top 14 teams, a move which would see him cut short his burgeoning England career, for the time being at least.

The Northampton Saints back row has impressed so far for England so far in France.

England flyer Henry Arundell has already signed for Racing 92, while former England players Sam Simmonds, Jack Nowell and Harry Williams are among a number of Gallagher Premiership players who are already enjoying a new career on French soil with their respective clubs.

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Second row David Ribbans has also already thrown in his lot with Toulon.

England and Sale Sharks’ flyhalf George Ford has also repeatedly been linked with a move to Racing 92.

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Shaun 277 days ago

Not earth shattering news by any measure. Bring on the kids. They have more hunger !!!

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Rohan 278 days ago

Means England would need to spend the 6n bedding in the next tightheads for next autumn onwards... Heyes, Fasogbon, Schickerling...the cupboard seems a bit bare

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Alex 278 days ago

If anyone is signing Sinckler based on the last 18 months of form they either need an eye test or a straight jacket

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BR2B 278 days ago

Rugbrexit ?

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finn 278 days ago

Losing Sinckler and Stuart at once would be a disaster tbh

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