Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Donors pledge millions at Uganda refugee summit

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Depp plumbs depths of bad taste

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

France's new frontman, America's absent center, May's Brexit gambit, Saudi royal reshuffle, after Mosul & Raqqa fall

Read more

REVISITED

Senegal’s Casamance hopes for new era of peace

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

FARC disarmament a 'historic day' for Colombia, says president

Read more

FASHION

Cruise collections: All aboard for Dior and Chanel's latest fashions

Read more

ENCORE!

Colombia comes to France

Read more

#THE 51%

The last taboo: Helping women and girls. Period.

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Who benefits when the ice caps melt?

Read more

Sports

Barkley leaves Bath for France's Racing Métro 92

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2012-10-10

English rugby star and former Bath flyhalf Olly Barkley has crossed the channel to join France’s Racing Métro 92. In an interview with FRANCE 24's Mark Owen, Barkley talks about his move to the Top 14 and the slow process of learning French.

It’s a done deal. Bath’s flyhalf Olly Barkley has crossed the channel to join France’s Racing Métro 92, becoming the latest English rugby player to play in the Top 14. In a exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Barkley discusses his move to Paris and how he's improving his “fractured” French language skills.

FRANCE 24's Mark Owen interviews Olly Barkley

In late September, Bath CEO Nick Blofeld admitted that Barkley’s decision came as a bit of a surprise, despite the fact that the 30-year-old’s former 2007 World Cup teammates, Johnny Wilkinson, Andrew Sheridan, Jamie Noon, Paul Sackey and Simon Shaw have all made similar moves.

A talented and versatile player, Barkley is considered one of English rugby’s golden boys, equally adept at handling the ball as he is at kicking it. In his last match for Bath on September 29, he scored 16 points alone against the Sale Sharks, helping the club to secure a 31-10 victory.

Barkley joins Hauts-de-Seine’s Racing Métro, just outside of Paris, as a “medical joker”, or replacement for the club’s own injured number 10, Jonathan Wisniewski, who is not expected to return to the pitch this year.
 

Date created : 2012-10-09

  • RUGBY

    Toulouse takes Top 14 championship with Toulon win

    Read more

  • RUGBY

    Jonny Wilkinson looking for Top 14 crown with Toulon

    Read more

  • SPORT

    England’s Johnny Wilkinson retires from international rugby

    Read more

COMMENT(S)