The MHR still draws in Exeter

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Exeter’s right pillar, Harry Williams (31), should be the replacement for Mohamed Haouas in Montpellier. The English international is expected to sign with the French champion for next season.

Montpellier continues to make its market on the side of Exeter. After having stolen from the English club the third line Sam Simmonds but also the hooker Luke Cowan-Dickiewho will both land in the Hérault at the end of the season, the reigning French champion is very close to signing another Chiefs player for the 2023-2024 financial year. According to daily information The team, right prop Harry Williams (31) is set to emulate his teammates. This new movement initiated across the Channel will allow the MHR to compensate for the departure at the end of the season of Mohamed Haouas, whose career will continue with Christophe Urios on the side of Clermont once the season is over and then the World Cup has passed.

The Mercer case as a model

England international 19 times since 2017, Harry Williams is a cornerstone of the Exeter Chiefs squad. Champion of England in 2017 and 2020, quadruple finalist of this same Premiership but also winner of the Champions Cup, during the 2019-2020 season, he has built an impressive record with his club and will exceed the bar of 150 games played with it. His expected signing in Montpellier, if confirmed, will thus be his first professional experience abroad. This was also the case for Zach Mercer when he signed in 2021 for MHR, with whom he won the Top 14 last season. The success in France of the Briton, future Gloucester player in order to be selected with the XV de la Rose at the next World Cup, will have given ideas to Philippe Saint-André and Montpellier. Much to Exeter’s chagrin.

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