Lemaître, President of Toulon: "Players like Etzebeth and Isa are a disadvantage for the club"

Bernard Lemaître, President of Toulon, went out to talk about the Difficulties generated by the club having international players who belong to selected teams from the southern hemisphere, with particular emphasis on Facundo Isa and Eben Etzebeth. In addition, he expressed the need for the organization of the Top 14 take action on the matter.

The president of Toulon reflected on the difficulty of forming a squad with players who, at the national level, have a different calendar from that of European clubs and national teams. Taking into account these types of difficulties, Lemaître stressed that “Players like Eben Etzebeth and Facundo Isa are a clear disadvantage for the club”. The Argentinian, present at the club since the 2017/18 season, and the South African, who has been part of the team since 2019, Occasionally commitments with Toulon are lost due to citations to Los Pumas and Springboks, respectively.

On this, Lemaître emphasized and demanded more action by the Top 14 to prevent teams from being “harmed” by losing their figures to their national teams. “The league should work with World Rugby to prevent other countries from coming to take the players for their national teams, “he proposed.

In addition, the president added that, in the case of not being able to prohibit the teams from taking their players, there is another type of solution: a scheme in which the national federations compensate or take charge of the cost that the players represent during the time in they are with the national teams. “These players receive their salary only from their club and are used by other teams. This, even in labor laws, does not exist. There is a problem to be solved.”, Lemaître sentenced.