Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 cancels merger plans with Stade Francais
The Stade Francais and Racing 92 rugby club bosses have decided they won't join forces to create a super team in Paris.
Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti revealed on Sunday (NZT Monday) he had met with Stade Francais counterpart Thomas Savare and they had decided to abandon the proposed merger.
The decision, revealed on the Racing 92 club website, comes after both clubs faced strong opposition from fans and players. Former All Blacks Dan Carter, Ali Williams and Joe Rokocoko played for Racing 92.
Their plan, which aimed to create a super-club proved to be a hugely divisive move. It was welcomed by the French league but the French Rugby Federation did not approve.
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Last week, representatives from both clubs met with League president Paul Goze and all parties, including some players and coaches, were set to meet again on Monday for further discussions. Goze was also expected to talk about the issue with French federation president Bernard Laporte on Monday.
Stade Francais players had announced they would go on strike in protest, and the league decided to postpone both clubs' weekend games "to give dialogue a chance".
Racing 92 is the reigning French champion and both clubs play in the top-tier Top 14 championship. The teams won the inaugural French titles - Racing in 1892 and Stade Francais in 1893 - and have claimed 20 titles between them.
Racing 92, spearheaded by Carter, reached the European Cup final last season, where it lost to English side Saracens.