Stade Francais players say they are on strike over mergers

Posted March 16, 2017

Stade Francais players are unhappy with the move.

It remains to be seen what this means for the respective playing and coaching staff of both clubs, including that of former Munster and Ireland worldwide, Ronan O'Gara.

"In a climate of tension, you must leave room for dialogue, but the condition of the players for the notice of strike to be lifted is that there is the definitive and total stop of this merger plan".

Whatever happens in the coming months at Racing, it is inevitable that merging with Stade Francais is going to see players and coaching staff being released to explore new opportunities elsewhere.

"This merger, effective from next season, must give birth to a new club that will preserve the roots of Racing 92 and those of the Stade Français Paris, while increasing the resources available to serve youth and French rugby".

Flying Fijians star lock forward Leone Nakarawa, centre Albert Vulivuli and All Blacks legendary first five eight Dan Carter are playing for Racing 92 while winger Waisea Nayacalevu plays for Stade Francais.

Contracted to Racing until 2019, O'Gara has continually committed himself to the Top 14 club, despite hoards of Munster fans wishing he would return to the province in a coaching capacity.

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The merger has yet to be ratified by the French League, but if Stade intend for forfeit matches, league officials may have to intervene.

Due to play this weekend against Castres, it looks like Stade will not fulfill the fixture as a result of the strike.

Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 and vicious rivals Stade Francais will form a super club in the 2017/18 season after the announcement to merge was made on Monday (NZ time).

"We've always been told we're the future of the club".

"Of course there is the financial aspect to it, which is very important but there is a positive side of combining forces so we can win titles", Pool-Jones said.

French rugby was stunned by the move to unite two of the biggest clubs in the game from next season.

'Consolidated by its dual culture, by the fierce determination of its two presidents and its increased audience in a population pool unmatched in France, this new club has a long-term commitment to build a true reference day after day'.