By DoctorSharky
#68773
Sam James off to Racing 92, according to L’Equipe.
1(+1) year deal. Quite surprising considering he reportedly had offers from Japan (reuniting with Faf for a big pay day and different culture) as well as Pro D2 clubs offering solid pay packets plus complimentary digs in the luxury villas of southern France.

Given the dysfunction at Racing 92 (Lancaster’s poor start, President publicly criticising Kolisi, imminently losing Nolann le Garrec to La Rochelle), as well as their annual patterns of poor structure and underperformance in big games, I really hope this move works out for Sam.

https://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/Actualites ... 92/1475602
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By RinTin
#68774
DoctorSharky wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2024 12:38 pm
Sam James off to Racing 92, according to L’Equipe.
1(+1) year deal. Quite surprising considering he reportedly had offers from Japan (reuniting with Faf for a big pay day and different culture) as well as Pro D2 clubs offering solid pay packets plus complimentary digs in the luxury villas of southern France.

Given the dysfunction at Racing 92 (Lancaster’s poor start, President publicly criticising Kolisi, imminently losing Nolann le Garrec to La Rochelle), as well as their annual patterns of poor structure and underperformance in big games, I really hope this move works out for Sam.

https://www.lequipe.fr/Rugby/Actualites ... 92/1475602
Maybe he still feels he can perform at the highest level? No disrespect to Japan or Pro D2, but they are not top leagues and are filled with journeymen who are cashing in. Sam still wants to compete with the best.
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By DoctorSharky
#68775
Completely fair and I think Sam (should) walk into their back line next season. My point is more about the risks to Sam given that R92 are dysfunctional and it’s a short contract. Their management are pretty fickle in a generally fickle league.

Still, some talents to be playing next to…

9. Le Garrec
10. Farrell
11. Habosi
12. James/Tuisova
13. Fickou
14. Arundell/Tuisova
15. Spring/Arundell
By Oh Danny Boy
#68777
DoctorSharky wrote:
Tue Jun 18, 2024 1:40 pm
Completely fair and I think Sam (should) walk into their back line next season. My point is more about the risks to Sam given that R92 are dysfunctional and it’s a short contract. Their management are pretty fickle in a generally fickle league.

Still, some talents to be playing next to…

9. Le Garrec
10. Farrell
11. Habosi
12. James/Tuisova
13. Fickou
14. Arundell/Tuisova
15. Spring/Arundell
I imagine the window of opportunity is far bigger for players to choose Japan after French rugby and not the reverse?
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