PARIS - French Top 14 side Stade Francais announced on Wednesday the signings of France second-row Yoann Maestri and Argentinian international fly-half Nicolas Sanchez for next season.
The 30-year-old Maestri, who has been capped 59 times by France, was originally going to join La Rochelle from Toulouse, but had a change of heart after coach Patrice Collazo unexpectedly left the club last week.
According to French media reports, Stade Francais paid La Rochelle 700,000 euros ($825,000) in compensation.
Maestri won two Top 14 titles and the 2010 European Cup with Toulouse in a nine-year spell.
Sanchez, 29, has been a star player over the last few years for Argentina and impressed at Toulon in the 2014-15 season after a three-year stint at Bordeaux-Begles.