This is one of the bad news from LOU this summer. While the Rhone team is currently preparing for the future season, it will have to do without Demba Bamba, absent for around 6 months and already retired for the first part of the year. A big blow for the 69 club, as its 24-year-old pillar seemed to have revved up last season, becoming a real indisputable player on the Gerland side, where his strength in the scrum, his mobility and his power with the ball in hand (1m83 for 123kg) are wreaking havoc.
TOP 14. LOU. The Tricolor Demba Bamba towards a very long absence
This is how Lyon, used to medical jokers this year, began a quest for a replacement for the native of St-Denis. And he could have found his happiness on the side of Queensland, Australia, where he threw his evolution on a certain Feao Fotuaika, according to the Midi Olympique. Him ? He is a solid right-hander of 130kg who took the lead during the last Super Rugby Pasifika, with 16 games played including 8 starts. Little used in previous years, the New Zealand native has asserted himself this season thanks to the injury of Taniela Tupou, whom he replaced at short notice. After Fletcher Smith at the opening, it is therefore another rugby regular from the southern hemisphere who could land in the city of lights.
TOP 14. Who is Fletcher Smith, the other NZ author of LOU and replacement for Lima Sopoaga?