Racing in line for Vakatawa compensation

Date published: March 16 2016

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France wing Virimi Vakatawa's future remains up in the air after this year's Olympic Games, but Racing 92 would welcome his return.

Vakatawa played for Racing from 2010 to 2014 before leaving the Top 14 leaders to play Sevens for France, where his performances earned a call-up from head coach Guy Novès ahead of the 2016 Six Nations.

The 23-year-old has impressed for France in the tournament with his offloading abilities and pace, scoring on his debut against Italy, which has led to a number of a clubs expressing an interest in bringing him back to XVs at club level.

Racing coach Laurent Labit clarified Vakatawa's contract situation with the club on Wednesday to Rugbyrama, revealing that Racing will be due compensation if he opts to join another team, given he remains under contract.

"I would like to make some corrections in relation to everything I've heard. Viri was not out of contract when he left us… we infact released him, at his request, so he could play Sevens," Labit said.

"I still cannot say if he will be with us next season, but if he does not return, the Racing receive compensation €200,000."

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