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    Meyer's Stade Francais sign Sanchez from Jaguares

    2018-05-16 20:53

    Paris - French Top 14 side Stade Francais announced on Wednesday the signings of France second-row Yoann Maestri and Argentinian international flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez for next season.

    The 30-year-old Maestri, who has been capped 59 times by France, was originally going to join La Rochelle from Toulouse, but had a change of heart after coach Patrice Collazo unexpectedly left the club last week.

    According to French media reports, Stade Francais paid La Rochelle €700 000 in compensation.

    Maestri won two Top 14 titles and the 2010 European Cup with Toulouse in a nine-year spell.

    Sanchez, 29, has been a star player over the last few years for Argentina and impressed at Toulon in the 2014/15 season after a three-year stint at Bordeaux-Begles.

    He will now return to France after spending the last two seasons in his home country with Super Rugby team Jaguares.

    As a result, the Jaguares will have to do without Sanchez next season as the South American side have a policy of only selecting home-based players.

    Parisian club Stade struggled this term, only avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign, but will be expecting to rebuild under new South African coach Heyneke Meyer.

    The new acquisitions are a statement of intent from Stade after being bought last year by Swiss billionaire Hans-Peter Wild, who said last month he wanted the team to win the French title in the next "three or four years".

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