Australian colossus Will Skelton and the fleet-footed South African pair of Raymond Rhule and Dillyn Leyds have extended their contracts with La Rochelle, the Top 14 club announced on Tuesday.
A closer look at how the Springbok players are performing in leagues around Europe in the lead-up to the much-anticipated three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions.
Fabien Galthie has been forced to include 23 uncapped players in France’s squad for their three-Test series against Australia after players set to compete in the Top 14 final are unavailable for selection due to quarantine restrictions.
Toulouse marched on to the Top14 final after overcoming a spirited Bordeaux side, and they will now face La Rochelle in a repeat of the Champions Cup final.
Raymond Rhule’s La Rochelle side marched into the final of France’s Top 14 after securing victory over Racing 92 at the Stade Marcel-Deflandre.
Dan du Preez faced off against British & Irish Lions No 8 Sam Simmonds as the Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs battled it out in this past weekend’s action.
Matthieu Jalibert contributed 20 points from the boot to earn Bordeaux Begles a victory over rivals Clermont Auvergne and see them march into the Top14 semi-final.
Racing 92 powered to a 38-21 derby victory over Stade Francais in Paris on Friday to set up a French Top 14 semi-final against La Rochelle.
Check out this special piece of play from Cheslin Kolbe, who dances around several defenders to score an incredible solo try after he had slipped.
The Du Preez twins shone for Sale while Makazole Mapimpi marked his return from Japan with a fantastic performance for the Sharks on a weekend that was marred by Duane Vermeulen’s injury.