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Djougang links up with French champions

Djougang links up with French champions

Ireland prop Linda Djougang has joined French champions ASM Romagnat Rugby for the 2021/22 season.

The 25-year-old will join the three-time Elite 1 league winners, who are affiliated with TOP 14 side Clermont Auvergne, from Leinster following the completion of the Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifying tournament in September.

The IRFU brokered the deal, which will see Djougang play alongside French internationals and Women’s Six Nations stars Jessy Tremouliere, Elise Pignot and Caroline Thomas.

And Djougang will still have the opportunity to add to her 12 Ireland caps, the first of which came against England in the 2019 Championship, as she will remain available for all Ireland camps and matches.

Djougang said: “I am determined to be the best player I can be and working with the coaches at ASM Romagnat and being in their environment will help accelerate my development.

“Playing in the French league week in week out will be incredible, and I am really looking forward to committing everything to this opportunity.

“David (Nucifora) and Anthony have put in a lot of work to make sure this move would be a good fit for me.”

Anthony Eddy, IRFU Director of Women’s and Sevens Rugby, added: “This is a really positive move for Linda as she will be able to train full-time in a professional environment and test herself regularly against some of the best players in the world.

“We have established a strong connection with the coaches in ASM Romagnat, which will allow us to collaborate on Linda’s ongoing development.”

Djougang, a fluent French speaker, has one Women’s Six Nations try to her name having crossed against Wales in Round 2 of the 2020 Championship.