Maestri, Toulon, Castres, Bayonne, Colomiers… The latest rugby transfer news

The ex-captain of the XV of France, Yoann Maestri, could bounce back in South Africa. (©Icon Sport)

French Stadium. Yoann Maestri courted by the Stormers (South Africa)

According to RMC Sport, the second line of the Stade Français, Yoann Maestri (34), at the end of his contract with the capital club, was recently approached by the South African province of Stormers. The club trained by John Dobson, in search of reinforcements in this position, has positioned itself to secure the services of the ex-captain of the XV of France (65 caps). Contacts have been established and discussions exist between the two parties.

Arrived in Paris in 2018 from Stade Toulousain, he would like to try a challenge far from France, possibly in Japan while not closing the door to other foreign destinations. Injured in recent weeks, he has only played 7 Top 14 games this season. A time announced at Bourgoin Jallieu (National), Maestri will not join the CSBJ as confirmed by the Berjallian sports director Pascal Papé in the columns of the Dauphiné Libéré.

Toulon. Rabut (Vannes) has signed up, Dréan (Rennes) could imitate him

According to Rugbyrama, Toulon recruited the three-quarter center and captain of Vannes, Maelan Rabut (25), who was at the end of his contract with the RCV next June. The former Massy player has played 20 Pro D2 games this season and will land on La Rade to complete the rotation at the center position.

The former Massicois, at the end of his contract on June 30 with the RCV, has been aligned twenty times this season in Pro D2 and has assumed the captaincy on several occasions. The Vannetais should be followed by another Breton three-quarter. The Rennes winger (National), Gael Drean (21), author of 9 tries in 17 Federal 1 matches.

Castres. Wilfrid Hounkpatin and Adrea Cocagi locked down

Wednesday, April 19, the Castres Olympic formalized the contract extension of its international law pillar Wilfrid Hounkpatin (31 years old; 1 selection) until 2026. A native of Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhône), he was trained in Nîmes, before joining the Montpellier training center then Narbonne and Rouen (Fédérale 1). Recruited by Christophe Urios and Castres in 2018, he quickly established himself as a manager of the Tarn club (77 games). This season, he has already played 21 games in all competitions with CO.

The following day, Thursday April 20, the Blue and White squad announced a second contract extension, that of the Fijian center three-quarters Adrea Cocagi (28 years old) until 2025. The former Fijian U20 international landed in the Tarn in 2020, from Perpignan. With JIFF status, he has already taken part in 21 match sheets this season. “Hardworking and understated, our powerful center three-quarter fits perfectly,” the OC said in a statement. “What a journey from L’Aquila (in Italy) via the Stade Français training center and the Pro D2 with Tarbes and Perpignan! “, commented the Tarn manager Pierre-Henry Broncan. “Adrea is a big ball carrier and a big defender. It is a sure value of our workforce! I am very happy with his extension with us. »

Colomiers. Tietie Tuimauga signed

This Thursday, April 21, the club of Colomiers formalized the arrival of the Samoan international law pillar Tietie Tuimauga (28 years old; 2 selections) for two seasons, plus an option. He arrives from the Irish province of connachtafter playing in New Zealand, Manawatu and Wellington.

Bayonne. Gaëtan Germain extended

Wednesday, April 20, theRowing Bayonne announced the contract extension of Gaetan Germain (31 years old) of an additional season, i.e. until June 2023. Appeared 19 times in Pro D2 this season, the gunner is therefore continuing his adventure with the Basque club which he joined in 2020, after stints at Bourgoin-Jallieu, Racing 92, Brive and Grenoble. An important player in the Basque squad, he has scored more than 450 points since his arrival.

Valves. Darren Barry says stop…

According to, England’s second row Valves, Darren Barry (32), will end his career at the end of this season. Passed by Worcester and Newcastle (England), he played 14 Pro D2 matches this season with the Morbihan club, including 9 as a starter, and scored a try against Agen.

… Alexandre Gouaux turns professional

This Thursday, April 21, the RCV also announced the signing of the first professional contract for its scrum half Alexandre Gouaux (23), who played this season with the Espoir squad, after playing in Bayonne and Aurillac. He signed a two-year contract.

“I am very happy to have signed my first professional contract and to extend the adventure with the Rugby Club Vannes“, welcomed the person concerned on the site of the Morbihan club. “I thank the club for placing its trust in me for the next two seasons. I will continue to give the best of myself. I hope that we will achieve great things together and bring joy to our supporters”.

Nevers. Charlie Rorke has re-enlisted

The club of Nevers announced the contract extension of its Australian third line Charlie Rorke (22 years old), for two seasons plus an option, i.e. at least until 2024. Loaned last season by Stade Français, he has played only one Pro D2 match this season, against Aurillac, and scored a try against the Cantaliens.

Carcassonne. Christophe Hilsenbeck (Vannes) signed

Wednesday, April 20, the US Carcassonne (Pro D2) has announced the recruitment of the German international fly half from Vannes, Christopher Hilsenbeck (30 years old) for two seasons, i.e. until 2022. Passed by Colomiers, from 2008 to 2017, he participated in 21 Pro D2 matches this season with the RCV, including 16 as a starter, and scored 115 points.

Frenchman Antoine Frisch (Bristol) signs for Munster

The French center three-quarters Antoine Frisch (25), who had been playing in Bristol (England) since last summer, has signed up with the Irish province of Munster for the next three seasons.

A native of Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne), he was trained in South Rugby 77 (Champagne-sur-Seine) and at UKA (Paris University Club), before going through the Stade Français training center, Tarbes, Massy and Rouen.

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