The set that directs Gonzalo Quesada, Stade Francais, announced days ago the departure of Gaël Fickou before the end of his contract, for economic reasons, and quickly He focused on his new target: All Blacks and Hurricanes powerhouse Ngani Laumape.
Gaël Fickou will wear the Racing 92 colors next season while he is still committed to the Stade until 2023. The decision of the Parisian leaders obviously surprised the microcosm. However, it responds, according to Parisian leaders, to a financial logic. By downloading part of the salary of the French international (note: the Stade will continue to pay part of Fickou’s salary), you will have a greater margin of maneuver to contract. In the press release announcing the departure of Fickou, it was also specified: “Specific and ambitious recruitment is underway for the next season: formalizations will be carried out quickly.”
According to French media information, Managing Director Thomas Lombard did not delay. In fact, he would have established contacts for some time with the representative of Ngani Laumape. The Hurricanes back from New Zealand would not be against an experience in France . On the contrary. He knows that he is not the first option in the All Blacks and he has fresh memories of the World Cup in Japan in 2019, when coach Steve Hansen chose him to do the preparation but finally decided to leave him from the final list and take Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, and Anton Lienert-Brown.
Since then, the Hurricanes player has returned to the New Zealand national team, summoned by new manager Ian Foster. Played two Rugby Championship matches in October and November. But he might as well choose to join the Stade Français next season. In the next few days there could be news.