We tend to forget it, but being a professional rugby player is a banking situation that relies on fixed-term contracts. Overnight, a player can fall from his pedestal and find himself without a club because of his performance, his age or his reputation. This is the case with these five internationals, who could be Holy Paris for a club looking for a medical joker or an additional player.
The rear with a shaved head made the heyday of the Harlequins (2005-2021) for many seasons. Selected 72 times with the XV de la Rose, Mike Brown was part of the crew Englishman who won two 6 Nations Tournaments in a row (2016,2017). We are talking about a versatile player who still scored 13 tries in 65 appointments. His experience is no longer to be proven and it is surely because of his age (37 years) that he now finds himself unemployed. Last year, he was still the last starting rampart of Newcastle with 16 starts in 16 match sheets. However, the Falcons did not offer him a new contract. Today, the interested party is waiting for new opportunities and he says he is in full possession of his means, as he addressed to the Mail On line on September 17: “I am still able to play, and I would like to find an opportunity to play”. Obviously Mike Brown still wants and could still render services, remains to be seen if this could convince a team.
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Tevita KuridraniAustralia, 61 caps
The case Kuridrani shook Biarritz Olympique last spring. While he had signed for three years at soundtrack in September 2021, the 31-year-old center suddenly evaporated just before the last match of the Basque season. Its president Jean-Baptiste Aldige had then declared to Sud Ouest: “Tevita must have made a mistake in reading the schedules, he thought we were on vacation this week. We had so many goodbye ceremonies that he must have thought the season was over.” A slightly too premature departure on vacation and a radio silence which had led to the dismissal of the player with 61 selections with the Wallabies. Without being flamboyant, he had nevertheless started 20 times in the Basque jersey. At 31, Kuridrani still has good years and he could strike down again if a team went looking for him to offer him a contract. Still have to find it…
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If a club is looking for a strong center (1m89, 101kg) with a good experience to supervise his young people and densify his three-quarter line, then Alexandre Dumoulin could well appear as a good bet to try. From the top of his 33 years, the former player of the Races 92 has been without a club since leaving Pau last season. His end of the Béarnaise adventure was marred by a capricious Achilles tendon and he only took part in 4 meetings in 2021-2022. But the international french (8 selections) could still contribute if the opportunity arises. To see if his rather eloquent CV can give the 2016 French champion a chance.
Benjamin To fallFrance, 14 caps
Some time, Benjamin Since To fall (33 Years) he seems to have disappeared from the radars of professional rugby. However, the player has not retired and a club could therefore take the gamble of offering him one last dance. International 14 times with the XV of France, the former MHR player has not played since the 2020-2021 season which he had played with Oyonnax in Pro D2. Since then, the player has been unemployed and could perhaps be tempted by a final opportunity. If the repeated injuries that have slowed his career do not work in his favor, the player revealed in Bayonne to have solid experience and his versatility could be an asset.
Dany CiprianiEngland, 16 caps
Here is a very whimsical player who could have become an icon of English rugby, but who surely missed out on a glorious career because of his escapades outside the green rectangle. Nevertheless, Cipriani has 16 appearances with England and 298 games in the British rugby elite. Last year, the 34-year-old opener officiated under the colors of Bath. But the club did not see fit to offer him a contract extension. An announced time towards the United States, Cipriani remains for the moment without a club. His profile as an opener capable of playing a goalscoring role could still lean in his favor and seduce a club.
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