Second or third line French international Cameron Woki, under contract until 2023, will join Racing 92 this summer. Baptiste Pesenti left the Ciel et Blancs to join the Stade Français.
The case is now closed. A year before the end of his contract, Cameron Woki will pack his bags and leave the Union Bordeaux-Bègles. Several clubs had positioned themselves, but before 2023 it will finally be this summer that the second or third international line (23 years, 16 selections) will leave. Towards the Paris region where he comes from and where his relatives live.
Woki, who discovered rugby at Bobigny before passing Massy, did indeed compete in Racing 92 as revealed by Midi Olympique on Thursday. This is a great reinforcement for the club under the chairmanship of Jacky Lorenzetti who will of course have to pay a large compensation. The early departure of Baptiste Pesenti’s second line at the Stade Français made it possible to obtain cash and wages. The former Palois, who arrived last summer, will wear the colors of Stade Français, while the departure of Australian Luke Jones has also been considered in recent hours, with a possible return to the country, more precisely to the Reds.
As the transfer window expires this Thursday night, Woki will a priori join Racing as an additional player on a four-year contract according to information from RMC Sport. If agreement has been reached between the various parties, Woki had of course not yet signed his contract in recent hours. And we will have to wait a few more days for the formalization of his arrival and a speech from the player. The versatile Woki has become an essential part of the XV of France for a year. Since the tour in Australia, where he revealed himself, and then contested the Grand Slam at the Six Nations Tournament this winter in the shoes of an undisputed holder, the Bordelais has clearly changed in stature and dimension.
A departure that can leave traces at UBB
The past few weeks at the club, on the other hand, have been much more turbulent, with relations with Christophe Urios sometimes straining towards the end of the season. Noticed by his manager after the defeat in Perpignan on the last day of the season, he reacted like his friend Matthieu Jalibert on the pitch and in the media during the play-off win against…Racing a week later. Before he was knocked out in the semi-finals in Nice by future champion of France Montpellier.
Behind the scenes, his extension was silent. Worse, as stated by RMC Sport on June 19, Woki had no plans to return after 2023 in the columns of Sud Ouest at the beginning of the month. It’s fair on his part. He hesitates in his motivation. We should not try to push through, but let him mature his choice. We made him a good offer for the tournament.” This time, and sooner than expected, Woki decided to look for a rebound after a mixed season, much to Racing’s delight.
On the other hand, at the UBB, where his replacement is obviously not complete, this departure could leave traces. He also told himself that his friend Matthieu Jalibert, who would have warned Woki (currently on holiday in the sun) in the middle of the week, would have a hard time with the situation. The international opener, which was held in Japan for the tour of the XV of France, which was extended to 2025 last October, could be feeling isolated in Bordeaux-Bègles.