The cross-channel exodus is in full swing. Just mere weeks after the World Cup has finished, players appear to be making the most of their four year cycle by taking time to go over to France and fill their pockets.
What they’ll be filling their pockets with is anyone’s guess. They could be choosing to venture to France to experience the food, the sun, the laid back way of life, or the more relaxed salary cap laws. Who knows.
But the fact is, the English Premiership is currently losing a lot of players, and fast. Just this morning it was reported that Northampton Saints back-rower Lewis Ludlum will be heading to Toulon next summer with the promise of a longer term contract.
Well, joining Ludlum down in the south of France will be four-cap England player, Jack Singleton. The Gloucester hookers is being reported to have joined Toulon as a medical joker, providing cover for Teddy Baubigny (fractured hand) and Anthony Etrillard (achilles tendon).
Reflecting the financial strong arm that the Top 14 possess, five members of England’s recent World Cup squad are already either playing or soon heading over to France. The planned introduction of hybrid contracts next year which is intended to offer security to England players, seems to have done very little so far to curb the mass exodus across the Channel.