INFO MIDOL – According to our information, the English opener Joe Simmonds has signed up with the Pau Section, which is hitting a big blow on the transfer market. Holder at Exeter, he comes to replace Zack Henry, leaving for the French Stadium.
The Pau Section strikes a blow on the transfer market. Indeed, according to our information, the Bearn club has obtained the agreement of English number ten Joe Simmonds (1.82 m, 88 kg) for next season. The 26-year-old player, who has been playing for Exeter since his professional debut in 2016, is a reference in his position and he is recognized as one of the best openers in the English championship. Even if he has never been selected with the XV de la Rose (international U20), Joe Simmonds has solid experience and a good track record. He already has 166 games with the Exeter Chiefs, of which he became captain in 2020 when he was only 23 years old. It was he who led the English team to victory in the Champions Cup that year, becoming the youngest captain in the history of the competition to lift the trophy, but also to the title of champion of England, the second of his career after that of 2017.
He was found guilty, according to EPCR’s independent disciplinary committee, of insulting assistant referee Hollie Davidson.https://t.co/GAYzZi5RoN
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Suffice to say that Joe Simmonds will be a huge added value for the Pau Section. He has the advantage of still being young to integrate perfectly into the Bearn club project led by Sébastien Piqueronies while bringing his experience (32 Champions Cup matches) and his qualities as a leader. He has the shoulders to become a manager in the locker room and a boss on the field where he shines with his composure, whether in the conduct of the game or in the exercise of shots on goal (18 tries and 1081 points scored in career). He is currently the fourth best scorer in the English league with 93 points, just behind Owen Farrell (98 points).
This arrival is a strong signal sent by the leaders of the Pau Section in the construction of their workforce for next season and demonstrates a certain ambition as they have had to deal with the surprise departure of Zack Henry who will join Stade Français in July. next.