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Tug of war for giant 125kg lock has reportedly gone south for Australian rugby

By Ben Smith
Clermont's Miles Amatosero grabs the ball during the French Top14 rugby union match between Stade Rochelais (La Rochelle) and ASM Clermont Auvergne at The Marcel-Deflandre Stadium in La Rochelle, western France on April 22, 2023. (Photo by XAVIER LEOTY / AFP)

The Waratahs’ imminent signing of giant Australian-born lock Miles Amatosero was reported back in March but it now appears that the 20-year-old has backflipped and will stay in France.

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The 203cm, 125kg second row is one of the best emerging locks in the Top 14 and Australian Rugby were keen for Amatosero to return home on a multi-year deal and become eligible for the Wallabies.

After making his professional debut at 18, the rare physical talent is coming off contract at the end of the season.

French publication RugbyRama understands that Amatosero will stay at his current club Clermont next season as they are close towards agreeing on an extension.

Further to that, they report that France will try to capture Amatosero’s international eligbility as a World Cup joker, delivering a blow to Australia’s plans.

Eddie Jones was reportedly influential in getting Amatosero on-board with an initial deal with the Waratahs as they looked to avoid a repeat of the Emmanuel Meafou situation.

Meafou, a former Melbourne Rebels prospect, moved to France where he has become an international quality lock with Toulouse.

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The 24-year-old has declared his eligibility allegiance with Les Blues for investing in his development.

 

 

 

 

 

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