Predicting the Next 5 British Rugby Stars to Move to Top 14

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Predicting the Next 5 British Rugby Stars to Move to Top 14
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The riches of French rugby have lured several big names across La Manche in recent seasons.

Jonny Wilkinson leads a large British contingent down in Toulon, while Welsh duo James Hook and Luke Charteris are plying their trade in Perpignan.

Then you have Nathan Hines and Lee Byrne at Clermont Auvergne, set to be joined next season by Jonathan Davies, while Racing Metro is home to Welsh trio Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate (pictured) and Mike Phillips as well as Ireland’s Jonny Sexton.

Scottish second-row duo Richie Gray and Jim Hamilton play for Castres and Montpellier respectively.

The list goes on, and you could put together a pretty decent side from the players earning a crust in the Top 14.

So, despite Welsh coach Warren Gatland’s prediction that the supply line from Wales to France will dry up sooner or later, there are bound to be more big names—especially from Wales—catching the boat.

The turmoil in Wales and England over the future of European competition has made plenty of players close to the end of their contracts ponder their next move.

Here are five who could have the ferry ticket hotline on speed dial.

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