After four seasons at La Rochelle (2018 to 2022), a club with which he won the European Cup last season, Ihaia West (31 years old) has decided to take up a new challenge on the side of Toulon in the off-season. The opening half has signed up for three years until June 2025. Despite a rather convincing start to the season, with 14 matches on the clock (including 10 as a starter), the New Zealander is in talks for a return to Stade Rochelais.
To compensate for the departure of Popelin?
Is it the signing of Welsh fly-half Dan Biggar at the RCT who changed the situation? It is rumored that the RCT is looking for JIFF players (from the French formation) in order to respect the regulations imposed by the LNR to align an average of 16 JIFF on all the match sheets for the season.
If the arrival of Matthieu Jalibert (UBB) had been mentioned for a time, the track has cooled considerably. At the same time, Stade Rochelais, which will lose Pierre Popelin (he signed up with Castres), is looking for an opener to accompany Antoine Hastoy. Especially since the latter is regularly summoned to the France team, even if the center UJ Seuteni can help out in number 10. If West’s return is in the pipeline, all parties have yet to find common ground.