Few clubs have won the Brennus Shield two years in a row. After its title last season, the MHR takes up the challenge.
A challenge that Montpellier Hérault Rugby (MHR) will take up with a heavily modified group. Especially following the many departures in the workforce. Fulgence Ouedraogo and Guilhem Guirado retire from sport. At the turn, Benoît Paillaugue left Montpellier for RC Toulon and Handré Pollard, the South African world champion, joined the English club Leicester.
An All Blacks on the front line
Auckland Blues prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will join the Montpellier club at the end of Super Rugby, so in early October. The Tongan-born player discovered France during the 2015-2016 season where he played with Narbonne. Back in New Zealand, he had his first selections with the Blacks in 2018. He will bring all his mobility and explosiveness to the MHR pack. The club is also completing its first line with the arrival of Simon-Pierre Chauvac, a young player from Brive. He played 29 games as a starter last season.
In the third line, Clément Doumenc signs for two seasons. The captain of US Carcassonne will discover the Top 14 pitches.
U20 world champions at the crossroads
The MHR has chosen players of great talent to strengthen its back lines. Toulon opener Louis Carbonel signed up for three years. The double world champion under 20 experienced a difficult start to the season last year with RC Toulon and disagreements with former manager Patrick Collazo. He hopes to revive his career in a club with one of the best attacks in the Top 14. He will find his teammate in the France under 20 team, Léo Coly, at the hinge. The scrum half who proved himself last season at Mont-de-Marsan continues his progress in a Top 14 club. They will form with Arthur Vincent, the captain of the France under 20 team in 2019, a ax 9-10-12 very interesting in terms of game possibilities.
Finally, winger Ben Lam is signed for two years. He will bring to the line of ¾ his qualities of power to break the tackles.
The MHR will have to rely on its new recruits from the start of the season. Indeed, the Montpellier residents will travel to La Rochelle on the first day and then defeat Bordeaux.