Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge next season

Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge next season

Racing 92 and Stade Francais to merge next season

The two giants of French rugby have 20 domestic titles between them, including the first two in 1892 and 1893, as well as the two most recent crowns - Stade prevailing in 2015 before Racing defeated Toulon in the final previous year.

These two flagship clubs of Paris and the Hauts de Seine, beyond the sporting rivalry they have enjoyed, have many other similarities: a strong local and regional anchorage, a historic educational mission, ancestral ties with The Olympic movement or an inextinguishable will to progress in all areas.

Players voted overwhelmingly - at "99.8 percent" - for the action and will not train or play in Saturday's Top 14 clash against Castres, he said.

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.

"In a climate of tension, you must leave room for dialogue, but the condition of the players for the notice of strike to be lifted is that there is the definitive and total stop of this merger plan".

"The National Rugby League is proposing an emergency meeting between the two sports companies, the associations and representatives of the players and coaches on Friday, March 17", the LNR said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Lorenzetti paved the way for a cull of players, saying half the combined roster of professionals could be axed. It is up to them to select the best 45 players from the 90 players on the books of both clubs at the moment.

With Stade players choosing to strike over the move and Racing players nervously looking over their shoulders, little has been mentioned about the coaching tickets from both clubs.

The ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions number nine is not alone in being taken aback by news of the merger, which was revealed jointly by the clubs on Monday. Camara, who plays fullback, said his future was up in the air.

"Maybe next year I will be somewhere else, maybe in Federal 1 (third division)."

"The guys [at Sale] talked about it in training and firstly I said "That's not true, it's just the French media" but it was for real. This is two Top 14 clubs finished".

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