Manu Tuilagi’s outstanding form in the Guinness Six Nations has not gone unnoticed in France. According to the French newspaper, Midi Olympique, Racing 92 is currently weighing up whether to make an offer to sign the Leicester centre whose contract ends in the summer.
Both Montpellier and Toulon considered the 27 year old’s CV. But the two clubs have decided not to take their interest any further. However, Racing are still in the running to secure his services, according to the French rugby paper Midi Olympique.
Paris could be temping for Tuilagi. Should he opt decide not to remain in England, he will have help overcoming the language barrier from Simon Zebo and Finn Russell.
Racing’s priority was to sign a stand off to support Russell. There was some urgency to find a replacement for South African Pat Lambie who has retired due to injury.
That gap was filled over the weekend when French international François Trinh-Duc agreed terms to join the Parisian outfit on a two year deal.
The 32 year old, who is out of favour with French coach Jacques Brunel, will move in the summer from Toulon, where he has spent the past three seasons.
Trinh-Duc had been linked with a move to Clermont Auvergne. Rumour had it that he was also in discussions with his former club, Montpellier. However, he will move to Racing in the summer.
Lambie’s departure left the Fijian Ben Volovolo and Raphael Lagarde as back up for Russell. But with the Frenchman leaving the club in the summer, Racing acted quickly to fill the gap.
Written by Colin Renton