Reasons why English Premiership players should move to TOP 14
Dear English Premiership rugby players, are you in need of a real estate agent…? Because we’d love to make the TOP 14 your new home.
From the Alps to the golden beaches, we’ve picked the ‘crème de la crème’ for the English league stars to consider for their next home.
Teams nearby: Racing 92/Stade Francais
The capital. The city of love. This place sells itself. The birthplace of ‘Haute Couture’, you can already picture Saints powerhouse Courtney Lawes enjoying the spectacular views of the Champs-Elysées. With some of the most incredible restaurants in the world, the only thing for the players to worry about would be maintaining match weight. Very tempting? Jamie George, we’re looking at you.
Teams nearby: Lyon
City living not for you? The glorious Alps could be calling. Whether you’re a snowboarder or a skier, it’s an incredible place to have on your doorstep. Although, the players will have to keep their mountain exploits quiet from the coaches. Owen Farrell could even practice his kicking over Mont Blanc, cliché we know. It’s not too far from Lyon… Promise!
The French Riviera
Teams nearby: Toulon/Montpellier
The polar opposite of the Alps, for the more ‘laissez-faire’ players in the league, the French Riviera is the picturesque paradise you’re used to only seeing in films. Tell us Tom and Ben Curry wouldn’t fancy a glass of rosé on the back of a boat in St Tropez? Plus, if relaxing isn’t their thing, why not try some beach volleyball in Cannes? It’s a win-win.
Teams nearby: Stade Toulousain/Castres
The ‘Pink City’ is truly an architectural work of art, although we should note, if you are moving for the ‘pink’, Stade Français is the team for you. However, this doesn’t work out for some players moving from England, just ask James Haskell. Toulouse is one of the cultural hubs of France with some incredible galleries and museums to boast. Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning the city is home to the most successful TOP 14 team of all time, Stade Toulousain. If you want glory, you know where to come.
Teams nearby: CA Brive
Set in the south-west of Corrèze, Brive is a small town known for its large food market and stellar rugby team CA Brive. Whether you’re looking for some fresh fish for a pre-match meal or some of the finest artisan bread for a mid-week snack, you’ll be covered. We can already imagine the Leicester star Manu Tuilagi enjoying some of the local French cuisine before a big game, can you?
Clermont - Ferrand
Teams nearby: ASM Clermont Auvergne
Surrounded by a 40km long chain of volcanoes, Clermont-Ferrant is the hidden gem of the Auvergne region. It costs about €3.50 for a pint of beer, which is unheard of in neighbouring cities. A fair share of students take advantage of this, making the nightlife of Clermont an attraction to some. Danny Care, is this of any interest to you?
Teams nearby: Section Paloise/Bayonne
In 2014, Forbes voted The Pyrenees and Pau to be the sixth best place to retire across the world. Pau is one of France’s most wealthy destinations and is situated in the beautiful and peaceful foothills of the Pyrenees. Being one of the most peaceful locations in France, we think that a move to a club like Section Paloise would be perfect for a player like Joe Marler (if his plans of retirement follow through).
Teams nearby: Union Bordeaux Bègles/La Rochelle/Agen
Sitting on the Garonne River in southwestern France, Bordeaux is the French city with a bit of everything. Good food, and most importantly, good wine. Is there a better way to celebrate a big win with an evening tipple? Many wouldn’t believe it. We’re already imagining Anthony Watson sitting alongside the Garonne with a glass of Chateau Perron. However, we know the big city life isn’t for everyone and conveniently, just an hour or two out, we have La Rochelle and Agen which we are sure would welcome some of the high calibre premiership stars with open arms.