French Top 14 transfers for 2020/21

Unlike the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14, the French Top 14 has ended the 2019/20 domestic season. With no promotion or relegation, the existing teams are busy organising their squads ready for the restart in September. Here we have collated all the Top 14 transfers to have taken place.

For obvious financial reasons, there won’t be the usual list of global superstars arriving to l’Hexagone ahead of the 2020/21 season. However there are still some star names arriving from Argentina, England, Australia and beyond.

Top 14 transfers for 2020/21

Agen

In: Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Lyon), Sosefo Tapu Falatea (Castres), Andrès Zafra (Lyon), Camille Gérondeau (Castres) , Victor Moreaux (Castres), Kévin Yaméogo (Lyon, loan), Tevita Railevu (La Rochelle), Yoan Cottin (Toulon, loan), Corentin Vernet (Toulon), Tom Taylor (Pau), Noel Reid (Leicester Tigers), Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins).

 

Out: Léo Berdeu (Lyon, end of loan), Jeronimo Negrotto (released), Xavier Chauveau (retired), Kamaliele Tufele (Montauban) Benito Masilevu (Grenoble), Tom Murday (Japan), Adrian Motoc (Massy), Alban Conduché (Dijon), Mickaël De Marco (retired), Thibaud Mazzoléni (released).

Bayonne

In: Jon Zabala (Anglet, return from loan), Maxime Lafage (La Rochelle), Gaëtan Germain (Grenoble), Joe Ravouvou (Bay of Plenty/NZ 7s), John Ulugia (Clermont Auvergne), Sam Nixon (Bath), Hugh Pyle (Stade Français), Asier Usarraga (Biarritz), Izaia Perese (Brisbane Broncos), Alexandre Manukula (Toulouse, loan).

Out: Census Johnston (retired), Maxime Lamothe (Bordeaux-Bègles, end of loan), Antoine Battut (retired), José Ayarza (Montauban), Evrard Dion Oulai (Montauban), Bastien Bergounioux (Anglet, loan), Hansie Graaff (released), Maile Mamo (Rovigo), Benjamin Collet (Valence-Romans), Emmanuel Saubusse (Mont-de-Marsan), Alexandre Lalanne (Mont-de-Marsan, loan), Pieter-Jan Van Lil (Valence-Romans), Setariki Tuicuvu (Brive), Alexandre Lalanne (Mont-de-Marsan, loan), Aretz Iguinz (retired), Julien Tisseron (Montpellier), Tiuke Mahoni (Carcassonne, loan).

Bordeaux-Bègles

In: Maxime Lamothe (Bayonne, end of loan), Pablo Uberti (Grenoble, end of loan), Ben Lam (Hurricanes), Ben Tameifuna (Racing 92), Nathanaël Hulleu (Grenoble), Joseph Dweba (Cheetahs), Guido Petti (Jaguares).

Out: Adrien Pélissié (Clermont  Auvergne), Masalosalo Tutaia (released), Semi Radradra (Bristol Bears), Peni Ravai (Clermont  Auvergne), Nathan Decron (Agen), Lucas Méret (Carcassonne), Leonardo Ghiraldini (released), Antoine Jourdan (Soyaux-Angoulême), Simon Desaubiès (Mont-de-Marsan, loan), Florian Dufour (Brive), Baptiste Germain (Toulouse), Blair Connor (retired).

Brive

In: Wesley Douglas (Béziers), Valentin Tirefort (La Rochelle), Pierre Tournebize (Montpellier), Pietro Ceccarelli (Edinburgh), Setariki Tuicuvu (Bayonne), Florian Dufour (Bordeaux-Bègles), Brandon Nansen (Dragons).

Out: François Da Ros (Biarritz), Johan Snyman (retired), James Johnston (Rouen), Karlen Asieshvili (Rouen), Richard Fourcade (La-Seyne-sur-Mer), Jan Uys (Bulls), Rory Scholes (released), Franck Romanet (released), Alex Dunbar (released), Guillaume Namy (Narbonne), Dan Malafosse (released).

Castres Olympique

In: Julius Nostadt (Aurillac), Gaëtan Barlot (Colomiers), Tyler Ardron (Chiefs), Ryno Pieterse (Bulls), Florent Vanverberghe (Toulon), Semi Kunatani (Harlequins), Stéphane Onambélé (Toulon), Kevin Kornath (Montpellier), Santiago Arata (Peñarol Rugby), Vilimoni Botitu (Fiji’s 7), Adrea Cocagi (Perpignan), Bastien Guillemin (Grenoble)

Out: Julien Caminati (Montauban), Sosefo Tapu Falatea (Agen), Christophe Samson (retired), Marc Clerc (retired), Paea Fa’anunu (Perpignan), Rodrigo Capo-Ortega (retired), Camille Gérondeau (Agen), Ludovic Radosavljevic (Provence Rugby), Alex Tulou (Béziers), Kévin Gimeno (Biarritz), Robert Ebersohn (released), Morgan Phelipponneau (Vannes), Taylor Paris (released), Jody Jenneker (Valence-Romans), Victor Moreaux (Agen), Taylor Paris (Oyonnax).

Clermont Auvergne

In: Cristian Ojovan (Aurillac), Sébastien Bezy (Toulouse), Adrien Pélissié (Bordeaux-Bègles), Kotaro Matsushima (Suntory Sungoliath), Peni Ravai (Bordeaux-Bègles), Etienne Fourcade (Grenoble), Bastien Pourailly (Pau), Tavite Veredamu (France 7s), Sebastian Bezy (Toulouse).

Out: Isaia Toeava (Toulon), Greig Laidlaw (NTT Shining Arcs), John Ulugia (Bayonne), Davit Zirakashvili (retired), Nick Abendanon (Vannes), Rémy Grosso (Lyon), Charlie Cassang (Oyonnax), Loni Uhila (released), Setariki Tuicuvu (Bayonne), Mike Tadjer (Montauban), Beka Kakabadze (Oyonnax), Donovan Taofifenua (Racing 92), Hugo Alamartine (Mont-de-Marsan), Julien Ruaud (Grenoble), Julien Bardy (retired).

La Rochelle

In: Jules Plisson (Stade Français), Jules Le Bail (Vannes), Dillyn Leyds (Stormers), Pierre Boudehent (Vannes, return from loan), Brice Dulin (Racing 92), Raymond Rhule (Grenoble), Will Skelton (Saracens).

Out: Maxime Lafage (Bayonne), Valentin Tirefort (Brive), Brock James (retired), Vincent Rattez (Montpellier), Eliott Roudil (Pau), Marc Andreu (La Seyne-sur-Mer), Romaric Camou (Nevers), Alexis Balès (Toulouse), Brieuc Plessis-Couillaud (Biarritz), Jone Qovu (Niort), Sila Puafisi (released), Mike Corbel (Provence Rugby), Kiri Murimurivalu (Leicester Tigers), Jean-Victor Goillot (Béziers), Thomas Jolmes (Toulon), Tevita Railevu (Agen).

Lyon

In: Léo Berdeu (Agen, return from loan), Jone Tuva (Carcassonne, return from loan), Joe Taufete’e (Worcester Warriors), Colby Fainga’a (Connacht), Mathieu Bastareaud (Rugby United New-York), Rémy Grosso (Clermont Auvergne), Gillian Galan (Toulouse), Izack Rodda (Reds).

Out: Julien Puricelli (retired), Sami Zouhair (Valence-Romans, loan), Jean-Marcellin Buttin (Agen), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs), Tanginoa Halaifonua (Grenoble), Carl Fearns (Rouen), Andrès Zafra ( Agen), Martial Rolland (Aurillac), Maxime Profit (Aurillac, loan), Liam Gill (NTT Shining Arcs), Hendrik Roodt (retired), Adrien Séguret (Grenoble), Kévin Yaméogo (Agen, loan), Joris Moura (Vannes, loan), Alexis Palisson (Colomiers). 

Montpellier

In: Enzo Forletta (Perpignan), Vincent Rattez (La Rochelle), Alexandre Becognée (Mont-de-Marsan) , Alex Lozowski (Saracens, loan), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints), Titi Lamositele (Saracens), Florian Verhaeghe (Toulouse), Julien Tisseron (Bayonne), Mickaël Capelli (Grenoble).

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Out: Jannie Du Plessis (Lions), François Steyn (Cheetahs), Pierre Tournebize (Brive), Timoci Nagusa (Grenoble), Julien Le Devedec (Provence Rugby), Nemani Nadolo (Leicester Tigers), Enzo Sanga (Valence-Romans), Kahn Fotuali’i (retired), Benjamin Fall, Kevin Kornath (Castres), Julien Bardy (retired), Ushangi Tcheishvili (Biarritz, loan), Luka Azariashvili (Biarritz, loan).

Pau

In: Eliott Roudil (La Rochelle), Matt Philip (Melbourne Rebels), Aminiasi Tuimaba (Fiji 7s), Tumua Manu (Chiefs), Mike Harris (Toshiba Brave Lupus), Hugo Bonneval (Toulon).

Out: Ben Smith (released), Dan Malafosse (Brive), Colin Slade (Mitsubishi Dynaboars), Dominiko Waqaniburotu (released), Marvin Lestremau (released), Bastien Pourailly (Clermont Auvergne), Pierre Nueno (Narbonne), Tom Taylor (Agen).

Racing 92

In: Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Luke Jones (Melbourne Rebels), Donovan Taofifenua (Clermont Auvergne).

Out: Leonard Paris (Nevers), Issam Hamel (Nevers), Baptiste Lafond (Rouen, loan), Brice Dulin (La Rochelle), Vasil Kakovin (Stade Français), Ben Volavola (Perpignan), Ben Tameifuna (Bordeaux-Bègles), Ewan Johnson (Vannes), Johnny Dyer (Biarritz), Anatole Pauvert (Vannes).

Stade Français

In: Atunaisa Manu (Carcassonne, return from loan), Luke Tagi (Fijian Drua), Vasil Kakovin (Racing 92), Marcos Kremer (Jaguares), Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers), Gerbrandt Grobler (Gloucester).

Out: Christopher Vaotoa (Montauban, loan), Hugh Pyle (Bayonne), Joketani Koroi (Nice), Clément Daguin (Béziers), Sione Anga’aelangi (released),  Thierry Futeu (Carcassonne), Rémi Bonfils (retired), Alexis Palisson (Colomiers), Julien Arias (retired).

RC Toulon

In: Sonatane Takulua (Newcastle Falcons), Thomas Jolmes (La Rochelle), Isaia Toeava (Clermont Auvergne), Jérémy Boyadjis (Rennes), Harrison Obatoyinbo (Ealing Trailfinders).

Out: Mamuka Gorgodze (retired), Marcel Van der Merwe (Bulls), Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Mathieu Smaili (Mont-de-Marsan, loan), Florent Vanverberghe (Castres), Stéphane Onambele (Castres), Yoan Cottin (Agen, loan), Liam Messam (released),  Corentin Vernet (Agen), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Highlanders), Hugo Bonneval (Pau). 

Toulouse

In: Yohann Gbizie (Carcassonne, return from loan), Maxime Marty (Mont-de-Marsan, return from loan), Richie Arnold (Yamaha Jubilo), Alexis Balès (La Rochelle), Baptiste Germain (Bordeaux-Bègles), Thibaud Flament (Wasps).

Out: Sébastien Bézy (Clermont Auvergne), Richie Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Pierre Pagès (Vannes), Carl Axtens (Provence Rugby), Bastien Chalureau (Montpellier), Maxime Mermoz (retired), Gillian Galan (Lyon), Théo Belan (Provence Rugby), Jarrod Poï (Béziers, loan), Tristan Tedder (Béziers, loan), Hugo Pirlet (Colomiers), Florian Verhaeghe (Montpellier), Maks Van Dyk (Harlequins), Alexandre Manukula (Bayonne, loan).

This list will be updated as Top 14 transfers are done ahead of the 2020/21 season. Last updated 28/7/20.

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