French round-up: Catalans sign 10 for development, Justin Murphy in at Toulon, Avignon win prop race

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Avignon sign Naji

Moroccan prop Anas Naji has signed for Avignon from Carpentras. Naji was named in the Elite 2 Championship’s team of the year last campaign, and had a number of offers, before opting to join the 2018 champions.

Coming from a land Down Under

Lezignan have signed front-rower Ron Leapai from Australia. Leapai is a very explosive player that has been playing for the Canberra Raiders Cup side. He is the club’s second addition following the signing of Arnaud Bartes.

Kiwi to Montpellier

New club Montpellier Sharks are building a strong team for its first season. Mattais Hemuli is their latest arrival, coming from the Queensland Cup and will play in the National Division with his new team.

Réalmont big recruits

Realmont, who two lost finals last season in the Cup and Championship, have been busy with some eye-catching recruitment to prepare the National Division season. Morgan Carensac, from Albi in Elite 1, is back with his origin club along with Benoit Rigal, Emilien Gaillac and Jerome Fabre, who all come from Elite 2 clubs.

Justin Murphy in Toulon

Former Catalans Dragons winger Justin Murphy has taken on a coaching role at Toulon. They are in their second season in the Elite 2 Championship, with a medium term objective to reach the top division.

Catalans build for the future

After scrapping their Under 19s side, Catalans have signed 10 promising young players who will spend time close to the first team squad. This emergency plan is hoped to quickly prepare for French players to step up to play in Super League.

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