Slimani signed to cover for Slimani

Date published: July 25 2015

Stade Français have moved to cover for the loss of Rabah Slimani during the Rugby World Cup by signing his brother.

Chérif Slimani is the younger of the two brothers, with L'Equipe confirming his move on Saturday.

Last season the younger Slimani was playing in Fédérale 1, two leagues below the Top 14, for AC Bobigny.

The Top 14 champions are set to be without Rabah Slimani and possibly a number of other props during the beginning of the Top 14 season, with Heinke van der Merwe turning out for South Africa in the Rugby Championship and with Zak Taulafo playing for Samoa in the Pacific Nations Cup meaning both may be called up for the Rugby World Cup.

Davit Kubriashvili and Zurab Zhvania are also both set to be involved with Georgia at the tournament in England which starts in September.

Rabah Slimani, 25, has won 15 caps for France since making his debut against New Zealand in 2013.