French Top 14
Dupuy's Top 14 return a step closer
June 10, 2009
Leicester's Julien Dupuy kicks a penalty, Leicester v Gloucester, Guinness Premiership, Welford Road, Leicester, England, March 7, 2009
Julien Dupuy's move back to France looks likely to go ahead © Getty Images

France debutant and Leicester scrum-half Julien Dupuy's proposed move back to the Top 14 seems to be nearer completion after the Tigers' head coach Richard Cockerill admitted that a replacement for the Frenchman was being lined-up.

"I'd like to keep him, but he wants to go and they will pay a significant amount of money," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.

"We have a replacement lined up and we'll see if that comes through, but the jigsaw's got to fall into place.

"The player who comes in may be more experienced and help bring Ben (Youngs) through and help mentor Harry (Ellis) in a positive way too."

French giants, Stade Francais have for some time been courting the 25 year-old, who still has a year left on his deal at Welford Road. Their approaches thus far have been rebuffed after the offer to buy Dupuy out of the final year of his contract was deemed to be inadequate, Cockerill's latest admission though would seem to confirm that their renewed offer will now be accepted.

Dupuy has welcomed the approach from the Paris-based team after his girlfriend had become unhappy with life in England and sought a return to France.

The former Wallabies scrum-half Chris Whitaker has been linked as a possible replacement should Dupuy's move go through. The 34 year-old was recently part of the Leinster team that won the Heineken Cup and would easily fit the level of experience Cockerill would be looking for.


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