Top 14 sides Racing 92 and Stade Francais have announced that they will merge to form one team from next season.
A single side will now represent Paris at the top level.
The clubs have won 20 titles between them- Stade Francais with 14 and Racing 92 with 6.
Racing claimed last year’s Top 14 title, but are languishing in 7th this season, with Stade in 12th.
A statement released today by the two clubs announced the news.
“These two flagship clubs of Paris and the Hauts de Seine, beyond the sporting rivalry they have enjoyed, have many other similarities: a strong local and regional anchoring, a historic educational mission, ancestral ties with The Olympic movement or an inextinguishable will to progress in all areas.
“It is on the basis of these principles that the two clubs lay the foundations for a merger project by pooling their resources to better cope with the challenges of performance and education.
“This association, effective from next season, must give birth to a new club that will preserve the roots of Racing 92 as those of the Stade Français Paris while multiplying the means put at the service of youth and French rugby.
“Consolidated by its dual culture, by the fierce determination of its two presidents and its increased audience in a population pool unmatched in France, this new club has a long-term commitment to build a true reference day after day.