Stade Francais and Racing 92 to merge

Trevor Jackson
March 16, 2017

"You weren't allowed to live in a certain area because that's where the majority of Stade Francais players lived and that was pushed by Jacky Lorenzetti, he was in control of that".

The clubs said their association "must give birth to a new club that will preserve the roots of Racing 92 and those of the Stade Francais Paris".

Flying Fijians star lock forward Leone Nakarawa, centre Albert Vulivuli and All Blacks legendary first five eight Dan Carter are playing for Racing 92 while winger Waisea Nayacalevu plays for Stade Francais.

Players were shocked by the clubs' decision which may leave some out of a job, while a return to Australia for Wallabies scrumhalf Genia could be on the cards with his stated desire to one day move home.

Carter and fellow ex-All Black Joe Rokocoko are among Racing 92's stars, while Stade Francais' top players feature the likes of French global Pascal Pape and Italian Sergio Parisse.

"Merit will be the criteria, probably youth and the factor of being selectable for France", Lorenzetti said.Danty, along with teammate Djibril Camara, also in the squad for the Wales game, took part in a protest by more than a dozen players and a crowd of more the 100 fans against the proposed merger at the Jean-Bouin stadium.

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Stade Francais supporters demonstrated against the proposed merger at the club's stadium.

A planned merger between Parisian powerhouses Stade Francais and Racing 92 has sent shockwaves through French rugby, with the head of the national players' union calling it "disgusting" and promising to help fight it. Players and fans alike reacted with anger when the surprise announcement was made on Monday, triggering speculation in French media of a possible strike in the Top 14 league at the weekend.

"What do we do about those players who signed pre-contracts for next season, those players who have started making arrangements for next season?" said Tchale-Watchou.

'We've always been told we're the club's future.

"Both clubs have got a huge history in French rugby and Stade Francais have won the title many times, they have a massive tradition just like Racing".

"Consolidated by its dual culture, by the fierce determination of its two presidents and its increased audience in a population pool unmatched in France, this new club has a long-term commitment to build a true reference day after day".

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