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Tim Lane Not Worried About Aussie Exodus

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Tim LaneThere may not be a large number of players from Australia headed to France next year according to Tim Lane the Lyon coach and Wallaby fly-half.

Worries have been circulating in Australia that the country’s international team might be decimated through players leaving for the Top 14 following the World Cup in 2015.

However, Lane explained that the existing restrictions on players who are not French in the league could reduce the amount of Australians entering the league. Lane’s Lyon squad has been promoted to the Top 14 for this season.

Lane believes that South Africans and New Zealanders are safer bets as far as recruitment is concerned, although some stars of rugby in Australian will remain targets of the larger clubs.

Lyon this season has brought in George Smith the Wallaby legend and is one club interested in Will Genia, while Lane has also revealed another target for Lyon could be Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Lane added that not every club in France was talking about players from Australia, but the Springboks and the All Blacks are very popular in the country.

The federation in France, said Lane, is limiting each team to the amount of foreign players they are allowed to sign.

The coach for Lyon added that since the club was promoted, it could sign 17 foreigners, where other clubs are allowed to only sign 16, and over the next two or three years the number will be lowered even more.

Therefore, added Lane, you have to be spot on when it comes to signing foreigners. The majority of teams sign just current or even ex-internationals.

Lane did say that regardless, the French clubs would be looking at the Springboks and the All Blacks, as they are the top international teams and where some of the best players in the world come from.

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