Paris - France lock Yoann Maestri has pulled out of a deal to join La
Rochelle from Toulouse in favour of joining Top 14 rivals Stade
Francais, French media reported on Monday.
The giant 30-year-old is thought to have had a change of heart, after
agreeing the deal last November, when La Rochelle's iconic coach
Patrice Collazo quit unexpectedly after seven years in the job.
Paris-based Stade Francais, under the new ownership of Swiss magnate
Hans-Peter Wild, payed La Rochelle €700 000 for
The 6-foot-7 Maestri has played 59 times for France, won the
French title twice with Toulouse and also the European Cup in 2010.