Courtney Lawes reveals how close he came to joining Beziers

England and Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes has opened up about what interest there was from French side Beziers.

The England lock was one of a number of stars to be linked with French club their multi-million pound takeover from a UAE billionaire closes in on completion.

“My first option was always to stay at Northampton, but your career only lasts a certain time and you have to make your money while you can,” Lawes told the Guardian.

“Rugby is not like football. When my career is over, I will not be able to retire. I will have to find work and that means making sure you get what you are worth now.

“I was linked with Béziers but I did not hear much from them. They did speak to my agent but I think they were just making a bit of noise.

“It was never really an option and I am glad to be staying at Northampton. I want to remain involved with England and think I can make it to the next World Cup.”


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The 15 internationals Linked With French Club of Proposed UAE Takeover

Here is a full list of all the players linked with a shock move to the ProD2 club…

1. Maro Itoje (England)


2. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)


3. Dan Biggar (Wales)


4. Michael Hooper (Australia)


5. Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

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