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Inter-club row brewing over Josua Tuisova

By Ian Cameron
Josua Tuisova of Lyon during the Heineken Champions Cup Pool A match between Saracens and Lyon at StoneX Stadium on January 14, 2023 in Barnet, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Fijian centre Josua Tuisova has become the subject of an alleged tug-of-war between French rugby clubs, with a previously flagged move to Racing 92 now in doubt.


According to Rugbyrama and Midi Olympique, the powerful winger had signed a pre-contract with the Parisian Top 14 club for next year, but reports suggest that he is now reconsidering his decision.

Tuisova has gained a reputation as one of the most destructive players in world rugby, with his powerful runs and physicality making him a standout performer for Lyon, who he signed for in 2019. Racing 92 are understandably eager to sign the 5’11, 113kg back, with the prospect of him joining a team already boasting world-class talent an understandably enticing one for their coaching ticket.

However, Tuisova and his advisers are said to be weighing up their options, even with the possibility of a six-figure sum being owed to Racing 92 if he reneges on the deal. The Fijian centre is reportedly considering offers from other clubs, including staying at Lyon where he has proved such a valuable attacking weapon.

If a club other than Racing does sign him, they’ll likely be forced to stump compensation to the Parisian giants.

The uncertainty surrounding Tuisova’s future comes at a time of change for Racing 92, with the club set to welcome former England coach Stuart Lancaster as their new head coach. Lancaster will undoubtedly be eager to have a player of Tuisova’s calibre in his squad, as he looks to build a team capable of challenging for silverware.

For Tuisova, the decision on his future will be a difficult one, as he weighs up the potential financial implications of breaking his contract with Racing 92 against the prospect of playing for a club he’s potentially familiar with where he can continue to showcase his skills and develop as a player.


One thing is certain – Tuisova’s future will be closely watched by rugby fans and pundits alike, as the battle for his signature continues to unfold.


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