Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Wales news
Welsh exodus continues as Davies heads to France
ESPN Staff
November 12, 2013
Another one heads to France ... © PA Photos
Enlarge

The exodus of top players from Wales has continued with Clermont Auvergne announcing the signing of Jonathan Davies on a two-year contract with the option of a further season.

Rumours which had been circulating for a few days were confirmed in the French press late on Monday with it reported Davies has ditched the Scarlets for a move to the Top 14.

"We are delighted to welcome Jonathan to the next season," Clermont's sporting director Jean-Marc Lhermet said. "His profile fits perfectly to the game we play and he will bring us a lot.

"Despite his young age, he has a huge experience of top level matches and is one of the world's best players in his position. He will be an asset to our team. Jonathan decided to leave Wales for a new adventure, and we are happy that he'll be playing in yellow and blue.

"We're sure that his class and determination will help us win new trophies in the years to come."

It is likely Davies will replace former Scarlets team-mate Regan King at Clermont with the Kiwi's contract up at the end of the season.

The news will be a major blow to the Welsh Rugby Union who had hoped extra cash it made available would help stem the number of top players heading for more lucrative deals in England and France.

The board recently offered to put leading internationals - such Davies, Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny - on central contracts until agreement is reached. But Davies' move will fuel speculation that the others will soon be joining him.

The Scarlets admitted keeping Davies was one of their "highest priorities since the middle of last season" but CEO Mark Davies is resigned to losing the centre.

Mark Davies said: "Whilst we have done everything in our power as a club and as a business to ensure Jon could continue to play his rugby with Scarlets, his outstanding performances on the world stage have of course meant that he has been targeted by several other major clubs with very significant resources for some considerable time.

"Jon has taken as much time as he could to consider each element of the tremendous opportunities available to him and has ultimately now had to make his decision on the best route for him as an individual at this point in his rugby career.

"Unfortunately for us that will result in Jon playing in France over the period of his next contract but we remain immensely proud of everything Jon has achieved with his region and completely respect his decision to extend his horizons and take this significant opportunity at this time."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - Belgian GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Athletics - Commonwealth Games
    Horse Racing - Glorious Goodwood
    Tennis - Washington Open
    Tennis - Stanford Classic
  • Rugby

    Cheetahs winger lands 80-metre penalty kick

    Gerrie Labuschagne captures global attention with his "shot heard round the world", the Cheetahs Under-19 winger slotting a penalty goal from 80 metres in training

  • Boxing

    Froch and Chavez Jr. in talks for January bout

    A fight between Carl Froch and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is back in discussions, but rather than happening this year, as originally intended, the target date is January 24 in Las Vegas

  • Rugby

    Women's World Cup set to take centre stage

    The 12 teams taking part in the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup have now arrived in France and took part in a photocall in Paris to launch the event

  • Cricket

    India allowed to appeal Jadeja verdict

    India have been allowed to appeal the guilty verdict against Ravindra Jadeja for his alleged role in the incident involving James Anderson at Trent Bridge

  • Golf

    McIlroy ready to 'move forward' after Open win

    Rory McIlroy says he has not let his Open Championship victory consume him as he attempts to get ready for a hectic part of the golf schedule, starting with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!