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RugbyU: Top 14 newcomers Oyonnax confirm 11 signings

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Recently-promoted Top 14 side Oyonnax strengthened their squad significantly on Monday by announcing the signing of 11 players.

Oyonnax, a town of just 23,000 inhabitants who will experience their first taste of the elite division next term, have moved quickly after being crowned ProD2 champions just over a week ago.

The experienced duo Racing-Metro centre Guillaume Bousses - capped once by France - and relegated Agen's exciting Ivory Coast fullback Silvere Tian both agreed to join.

Oyonnax also recruited a whole new front row with props Erwan Iapteff (25) and Ruaan du Preez (29) joining from Top 14 side Grenoble while hooker Neil Clark arrives from English Premiership outfit Exeter Chiefs.

Tian's Agen team-mate Damien Lagrange will be making the same trip and forming a second row partnership with 32-year-old Irishman Damian Brown from three-time European Cup winners Leinster.

Tongan international back-row forward Viliami Ma'afu, capped nine times, is moving to the club from Japan.

Argentinian international scrum-half Agustin Figuerola, 28 and capped seven times, and Carcassonne duo Pierre Aguillon, a 26-year-old centre, and Dug Codjo, also 26 and a wing, agreed terms with the club as well.

Oyonnax say their recruitment is far from over as they are still in the hunt for a young back-row forward, a scrum-half, two fly-halves and a wing.

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