Ambitious French club Lyon have raided Connacht and Worcester to beef up their pack for next season.
Back row Colby Fainga’a has been a standout during his season and a half with Connacht and impressive Heineken Champions Cup performances for the Irish side this winter versus Toulouse and Montpellier have led to Lyon making an offer he has accepted.
Joe Taufete’e is the other player they have captured to kick-start their 2020/21 recruitment drive. The American arrived in the Premiership in 2016, but he will now leave Worcester after catching the eye for his country at the recent World Cup in Japan.
Lyon are currently leading the Top 14, winning eleven of their 14 matches so far for a two-point lead ahead of Bordeaux and a twelve-point advantage over La Rochelle and Racing.
However, they lacked the necessary depth to adequately compete in Europe, their Champions Cup campaign ending with them managing just one win on six in a pool, featuring Leinster, Northampton and Benetton.
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