Jacob Botica – son of the legendary Frano

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Jacob Botica, son of New Zealand international Frano with a double code, returned to France to extend his playing career after the end of his two-year stint with Dragons, Welsh Guinness PRO14 outfit.

The arrival of coach Dean Ryan with half-Welshman Sam Davies last summer has meant that the Dragons have become a very modified configuration of the organization led by Bernard Jackman that Botica joined in 2018 after being impressed by the RGC in the Welsh Premiership.

He has played ten games with Ryan, but the half-player has now chosen to try his luck in France where he previously played with Saint-Jean d’Angély and Saint-Médard in Federale 1 on each side of a season with Agen in Pro D2. His time in Wales included playing time with the Scarlets in 2017/18.

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Botica, born in Wigan, the 27-year-old brother of Ben de Bordeaux taking an offer in Rennes, returns to Federale 1.

Speaking on the signing, Rennes boss Kevin Courties said: “We went through a network of agents to find a second and that was how we got in touch with Jacob. He wanted to return to France in the club culture which seeks to impose a rather ambitious game based on movement.

“He is a goalscorer, a striker looking to play high on the line. We like it. Jacob is also an experienced player who remains relatively young. I’m not worried about his adaptation to the group and the championship. “

Rennes is located less than five hours away from Botica’s brother Ben in Bordeaux, who played for Oyonnax and Montpellier in the Top 14 after leaving the Harlequins in 2016 after four seasons in the Premiership.

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