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How Racing 92 went from mercenaries to nursery-house 

DECRYPTION – Long follower of a recruitment policy based on the big names (Carter, Nakawara, Lambie…), the Ile-de-France club, finalist of the European Cup, now favors training. With success.

Teddy Thomas is tackled during the semi-final match of the European Rugby Union Cup between Racing 92 and Saracens on September 26, 2020 at the Arena de Nanterre.
Teddy Thomas is approached during the semi-final match of the European Rugby Union Cup between Racing 92 and Saracens on September 26, 2020 at the Arena in Nanterre. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

With a strongly rejuvenated team, Racing conceded, last week against Toulouse, its first defeat of the season in five games. Obviously not the ideal way to prepare for this Champions Cup final against Exeter. But there is at least one satisfaction: the executives had been left to rest and the young guard trained in Hauts-de-Seine faced up and stood up to Stade Toulousain. “There is a big disappointment as to the result, we cannot accept losing. And also a disappointment for the players, because we had fifteen out of twenty-three from Racing training; an average age, if we remove the three old ones, of 22 years“, Congratulated the manager Laurent Travers, welcoming”the state of mind and envy they showed. They also learned what a high level game was like. It does not forgive …

While the big names in world rugby recruited by President Jacky Lorenzetti, from Dan Carter to Pat Lambie are often highlighted, Racing shines

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