Change of heart lands French lock at Stade Francais
NEWS: France lock Yoann Maestri has pulled out of a deal to join La Rochelle from Toulouse in favour of joining Top 14 rivals Stade Francais, French media reported.
The giant 30-year-old is thought to have had a change of heart, after agreeing on the deal last November, when La Rochelle's iconic coach Patrice Collazo quit unexpectedly after seven years in the job.
Paris-based Stade Francais, under the new ownership of Swiss magnate Hans-Peter Wild, paid La Rochelle 700 000 euros ($835 000) for Maestri's transfer.
The 202cm Maestri has played 59 times for France, won the French title twice with Toulouse and also the European Cup in 2010.