Bayonne has confirmed the signing of third-row Rémi Bourdeau for the next two seasons. For its part, Clermont formalized the extension of the contract of Alexandre Fischer just like that of Etienne Falgoux. Tevita Tatafu, meanwhile, will join Bordeaux-Bègles
Bayonne is continuing to build its squad for next season. After having recently confirmed the arrival of Arthur Iturria for four seasons, the Basque club announced this Wednesday another reinforcement of weight. While his contract with La Rochelle extended until the end of the 2023-2024 season, Rémi Bourdeau will leave the Maritimes a year before this deadline. Through a message published on his official account Twitter, Rowing has confirmed the signing of the winner of the last Champions Cup with the Charente club for the next two seasons, i.e. until June 2025. This arrival in the Basque Country will thus allow Rémi Bourdeau to find Grégory Patat, successor to Yannick Bru on the bench of Ciel-et-Blanc, who had been a crucial element of his arrival in La Rochelle in the summer of 2018 from Beziers. The Paris native is Bayonne’s fifth signing after Luke Tagi, Vincent Giudicelli, Federico Mori, Aurélien Callandret and Arthur Iturria.
🅾🅵🅵🅸🅲🅸🅴🅻 𝗘𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗙𝗮𝗹𝗴𝗼𝘂𝘅 (+3) 𝗲𝘁 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗿 (+2) 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 🟡🔵
These are 2 children of the territory, the left-hander trained in Besse and the third line of Issoire who decided to continue the adventure.
— ASM Rugby (@ASMOfficiel) January 12, 2023
Fischer remains in Clermont, as does Falgoux
While the information had filtered this Wednesday, Clermont put an end to the suspense. ASM player since his professional debut in 2013, Etienne Falgoux will remain loyal to the Jaunards for three more seasons, i.e. until June 2026. But this is not the only good news that the Auvergne club has reserved for its supporters. In effect, Alexandre Fischer has also decided to tie his future to Clermont for the next two years. The 24-year-old third row is now linked to ASM until June 2025, something to delight Jono Gibbes. “In his register, Alexandre is a valuable player in our team,” said the Auvergne manager in a press release. He is a boy who is able through his power and the temperament he exudes to boost a lot of energy in the pack. He is still a young player capable of progressing and bringing us even more in the coming seasons. In the same press release, Clermont leaders hint that a similar outcome is possible regarding Fritz Lee and that recruitment for next season is on track.
[Notice of transfer to Tevita Tatafu “Union Bordeaux Begles”]
We would like to inform you that Tevita Tatafu, who currently belongs to Sungoliath, will be transferred to the top 14 French domestic league, Union Bordeaux Begles, after the 2022-23 season.https://t.co/ySCxseWVoa pic.twitter.com/Jom7WP8XAI
— Sungoliath (@sungoliath) January 12, 2023
Tatafu will do well in Bordeaux-Bègles
On the Bordeaux-Bègles side, good news has arrived from Japan. After evolving his entire career in the Land of the Rising Sun, wearing the colors of Suntory Sungoliath since 2019, the third-row Japanese international center (5 caps) Tevita Tatafu will discover the Top 14 next season, once the World Cup is over. Indeed, the Japanese club has confirmed through a press release that its player has signed for UBB. A departure that the general manager of Suntory Sungoliath Naoya Okubo described as a “hard blow” for his training while welcoming the challenge launched by Tevita Tatafu.