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Rivals hope to pounce as Courtney Lawes to Brive deal not fully done

By Neil Fissler
Ex-England skipper Courtney Lawes (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Provence haven’t given up hope that they could win the race to sign former England captain Courtney Lawes despite recent reports that Pro D2 promotion rivals Brive had emerged as the favourites to land him for the 2024/25 season.

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The 34-year-old Lawes, who won 105 Test caps with England, retired from international rugby after the recent Rugby World Cup in France and is out of contract with Northampton Saints at the end of this season.

It is widely known that he has accepted an offer worth around €35,000 a month from Brive, who are hanging onto the last of six Top 14 promotion play-off places by their fingertips.

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But it is understood that he is still waiting for the contract so he can complete the move, while Saints have also made him an offer to remain at Franklin’s Gardens for the rest of his career.

Brive’s package, which is huge by their standards, is the highest, while Provence, who are neck and neck with Vannes at the top of the tier-two table in France, have offered €23,000-a-month plus private school fees for Lawes’ children.

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Lawes last year turned his back on the chance to move to France and instead extend his 17-year stay at Northampton for the 2023/24 campaign, but he is blunt now about doing what is best for his family.

“This will probably be my last contract,” he said recently. “You have got to do what is best for your family. I took a decent pay cut last year to stay here because I wasn’t happy with leaving on a season like that. I have got to be paid what I’m worth. I’m very hopeful that it will work out.”

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Timmyboy 160 days ago

It’s just boring now. There comes a point where we have to pull the offer and move on our terms. One injury and that’s him done.

Not worth it when we have young English talent to hold onto as their wages go up from international experience over the next few years. He’s choosing a few extra quid and uprooting his family over retiring a one club legend.

Personally don’t get it and it’s not like he’s living in poverty is it. We have plenty of back row options let’s just move on.

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Jon 3 hours ago
How Maro Itoje terrorised the All Blacks lineout

Yeah England were much smarter, they put their much vaster experience to use in both the scrum (bending/not taking hit) and lineout (Itoje early sacks) law vagaries. Really though, I know what is there, I’m more worried about Englands locks. We only got to see Itoje and Martin, right? Depth allround in the England camp was probably the difference in the series and the drop off when Itoje reached his minutes limit for the season (it was like the plug was pulled from the charger) was up there with keeping Sexton on the park in that quarter final. What happened there? You have a lot of watching hours experience with locks come blindsides Nick, especially with a typical Australian player make up, have you see a six the size of Barrett absolutely dominate the position and his opposition? I can easily see Scott, and even Martin for that matter, moving to the blindside and playing like Tadgh Beirne with the amount of top locks we have coming through to partner Patrick. Still with the English mindset, because despite running the best All Black team I’ve seen in a long time close, they do need to find improvement, and although I thought they had a lot of good performances from their 7’s (over the years), I really like the prospect of Cunningham-South in his 8 spot and Earl on the open. Can you see Martin as mobile enough to take over Lawes? I absolutely loved his aggression when Jordie ran upto him to try and grab the ball. That alone is enough reason for me to try him there.

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