Thursday, June 11, 2015

Clermont V Stade in the French final, and rugby's rich list

Mr Rich (picture
French rugby finally wrap up their long, long season on Saturday, in what’s likely to be an almighty battle between Clermont and Stade Francaise. Clermont will be grateful to Stade for knocking out Galacticos Toulon, amazing they seem to struggle with them, because man for man, Clermont are as good if not better than Toulon.  

You get to hear a lot about the imports in France, but last weekend Clermont had eleven academy players, and Stade 8 in their match day squads, so a lot of work is being done to produce their own stars.  

Clermont have a long history of falling at the final hurdle, but they certainly showed a lot of composure last weekend, a lot more than Stade, so I’m going with them. 

Saturday 13th June 

Clermont Auvergne vs Stade Francais 19:00

 Also , this is rugby’s rich list. Two each for France, South Africa and Wales, then one each for Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and England. Only two of them will play outside France next year. The football guys must laugh! 

1 Dan Carter (Racing Metro and New Zealand) €1.3 Million
2 Matt Giteau (Toulon and Australia) €0.9 Million
3 Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon and Wales) €0.8 Million
4 Sam Burgess (Bath and England) €0.6 Million
5 Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro and Ireland) €0.6 Million
6 Bryan Habana (Toulon and South Africa) €0.6 Million
7 Morgan Parra (Clermont and France) €0.55 Million
8 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse and France) €0.48 Million
9 Bakkies Botha (Toulon and South Africa) €0.48 Million
10 Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro and Wales) €0.48 Million

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