Yoann Maestri snubs La Rochelle for Stade Francais

Date published: May 15 2018

Toulouse and France lock Yoann Maestri has had a sudden change of heart, opting to join Stade Francais instead of La Rochelle next season.

Maestri initially agreed a deal to join La Rochelle in November, but since then La Rochelle’s legendary coach Patrice Collazo has quit abruptly, which many feel might have led to the 30-year-old changing his decision.

Parisian outfit Stade Francais reportedly paid La Rochelle €700 000 for Maestri’s signature. Twice Top 14 and once European winner with Toulouse, Maestri has won 59 caps for the French national side.