Rugby. Macovei, Lakafia, Mignardi … The XV-type of National 2 recruits for the 2023-2023 season

Macovei, Lakafia and Mignardi, three attractions of the new National 2! (©Icon Sport)

From September, the National 2 will make its first appearance in the landscape of French rugby. Just integrated between the National 1 and the Federal 1this new championship has defined former residents of Top 14 or even of Pro D2. Rugby News invites you to discover the XV-type recruits of this division, with pretty names!

15. Teddy Stanaway (Tarbes > Limoges)

We have chosen to place Teddy Stanaway in back. International 41 times with the New Zealand team at VII, the 32-year-old player shows great versatility. Under 20 World Champion in 2009 with the Baby Blacks alongsideAaron Cruden, Stanaway went through Oyonnax, Floirac and more recently Tarbes. He will bring experience and power to the three-quarter line of Limoges.

14. Jeffrey Williams (Beziers > Arcachon Bay)

jeffrey williams also had a high level. The 34-year-old Englishman played for Bath, in the Premiership, a few seasons ago before leaving for Rodez. Very quickly, the center or winger signed up with Béziers, with whom he spent his three seasons (46 matches). This summer, Williams decided to join the ambitious project of RC Bassin d’Archon and will be a strong element of the Girondin club. We will also have to watch the winger Pierre Tournebize (23 years old) on the side of Perigueuxwho arrives from Brive.

Seremaia Burotu played two seasons with Brive in the Top 14.
Seremaia Burotu made the Top 14 with Biarritz and Brive. (©Icon Sport)

13. Seremaia Burotu (Provence Rugby > Bédarrides-Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Power comes to Bedarrides-Châteauneuf-du-Pape ! Seremaia Burotu (35), arrives with a lot of baggage and a nice CV. Passed by the Top 14 on the side of Biarritz then in Brive, the Fijian then spent four seasons at Provence-Rugby in Pro D2. In all, Burotu played 69 Top 14 matches, 89 Pro D2 matches and 6 European Cup matches. Be careful, it may move to the center of the Vaucluse attack!

12. Arnaud Mignardi (Dax > Auch)

That’s it, the “Bison” is back! At 35, Arnaud Mignardi, who was a coachAmerican Dax for two seasons, will put on the crampons with his training club, Auch. He who remained “on a taste of unfinished business” for his end of career, as he had called him recently in Actu Rugby, should do good to the young Gers three-quarter line. The man with the headband returns to the field, with the aggressiveness that we know him.

11. Pierre-Gilles Lakafia (Ex-France VII > Nimes)

the ambitious Nimes saw the promotion in National 1 within three years. And to achieve this objective, the Gard club can count on the double champion of France with Toulouse and Castres: Pierre-Gilles Lakafia. Present more than 160 times with the France sevens team, the former Albi player will bring his dynamism and power to the Nîmes attack, after a year away from the field.

10. Thomas Dubourdeau (Aurillac > La Seyne-sur-Mer)

The La Seyne-sur-Mer club has secured the services of the multi-purpose center opening half or three-quarters Thomas Dubourdeau. Revealed from the side ofAurillac, he played 75 games in 6 seasons in the Catalan, for 45 points scored. Often barred by competition from Maxime Petitjean, Joris Segonds or Marc Palmer, Dubourdeau has been lacking playing time in recent seasons. He should relaunch and bring his high level experience within the club carried out by the Fickou brothers, Jérémie and Gaël.

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9. Nicolas Faltrept (Rugby Club Chateaurenard > Perigueux)

The scrum half Nicolas Faltrept (31) arrives at Perigueux with a serious CV and many professional contests on the clock. The player first evolved in Brive before leaving for Lille then Limoges. He then cut his teeth in Fédérale 1 then in Pro D2, at Valence-Romans, before playing, last season, at Châteaurenard (Fédérale 1). Note also the arrival of the South African Justin Phillips (Nîmes), passed by the Stormers and recently Chambéry.

Mihai Macovei arrives at the RCBA from Colomiers.
The Romanian Mihai Macovei will make RC Bassin d’Arcachon happy this season. (©Icon Sport)

8. Mihai Macovei (Colomiers > Arcachon Bay)

Two World Cups, 96 caps with Romania, 131 Pro D2 matches and former captain of Colomiers… It’s a strange customer who arrives at RC Bassin d’Arcachon. Mihai Macovei (35) is one of the big hits made this summer on the transfer market and will be one of the attractions of the new National 2 championship. After resuming at Steaua Bucharest, the solid third line went through Saint-Nazaire and Massy , before anchoring in Colomiers in Pro D2. His leadership and sense of combat will be valuable assets for the Girondin squad.

7. Jean-Blaise Lespinasse (Stade Niçois > Fleurance)

Fleurance a nice recruitment made with confirmed players, who have known the Top 14 or the Pro D2. This is the case of Jean-Blaise Lespinasse (28 years old), ex-international U20 (12 selections) and former great hope of French rugby. After a stint in Montauban, the second or third line tasted the Top 14 with Bordeaux-Bèglesthen Bayonne. He then played for three years at Valence-Romans then two more at the Stade Niçois and knows the National championship perfectly.

6. Albain Meron (Tarbes > Niort)

Albain Meron is one of the beautiful pickaxes of Niort. Trained in Tours, the third line then hardened up in the Top 14 with La Rochelle before signing for a season in Chambery. He then joined Dax in Pro D2. Despite a full season (22 match sheets including 15 starts), Méron then joined Tarbes (Federal 1 then National). After four seasons in Bigorre, the ex-captain of STADO TPR will try to bring all his experience and his knowledge of touch to Niort. Let us also quote Quentin Pueyowho landed in Graulhet, after passing through Massy, ​​Albi or even Montauban.

5. Jonathan Giraud (Rouen > Macon)

Jonathan Giraud (33 years old) was one of the historic players of the club of Rouen (Pro D2) and was part of the wave of departures (16) announced by the Norman club. After five seasons at the RNR, the second line has decided to put down its suitcases at Builder, where he will bring all his power. The Burgundian club has also enlisted two executives from Bourg-en-Bresse, relegated from Pro D2 to National 1, the wingers Dimitri Doucet and Pierre Santallierwho knew Jonathan Giraud well in Ain.

4. Lasha Lomidze (Dax > Marmande)

Lasha Lomidze to arrive at Marmande to relaunch. The very solid Georgian comes out of two seasons truncated by injuries, on the side of Dax (Nationale). Before that, he traveled to Béziers, Krasny Yar (Russia), London Irish, Aurillac, Doncaster then Lazio (Italy). Versatile second line or number eight, he will bring power to the Lot-et-Garonne club managed by Jeremy Dumont and Baptist Francois.

The solid bearded Kane Palma-Newport will stabilize the Fleurance pack.
The solid bearded Kane Palma-Newport will stabilize the Fleurance pack. (©Icon Sport)

3. Kane Palma-Newport (Colomiers > Fleurance)

The most bearded of the pillars of Pro D2 (and one of the roughest) arrives in Fleurance (Gers)! After knowing Leeds, Plymouth or even the London Welsh, Kane Palma-Newport enjoyed the Premiership and the European Cup with Bath. He then played at Colomiers for four seasons (76 games). It is a reinforcement of weight for the Fleurantin pack. Note also the arrival of the former pillar of Toulon and Bourg-en-Bresse, Francois-Joseph Bordewieto Metropolitan Stadium.

2. Santiago Ovejero (Alcobendas (ESP) > Macon)

To make up for the departure of Romain Maurice in Albi and Leeroy Cloostermans in Blagnac, Builder bet on international spanish Santiago Ovejero (30 years; 8 selections). Passed by the training center of Bordeaux-Bègles, the hooker evolved at Sanitas Alcobendas (Spain). The Burgundy club has also recruited the former resident of the Clermont training center: Hugo Alamartine. Note also the arrival of the young Antoine Marty-Rybak in Limoges, coming from Colomiers.

1. Rodney Ah You (Vannes > Limoges)

The very solid Rodney Oh you (33 years old; 1.85m, 128 kg) is a reinforcement of weight and of choice for Limoges. Born in New Zealand, the mainstay revealed himself with the Irish province of connacht in 2010. In the meantime, he was selected three times with the national team ofIreland. In 2016 he joined Ulster before moving to Newcastle. Last season, the left-hander or right-hander played little on the side of Valves (10 match sheets), but is sure to be a key part of Limoges’ pack this year.

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