Rugby transfers, rumours and contract extensions: The silly season is underway

Rugby’s merry go-round transfer window is well underway. Players can formally speak to clubs from January 1st each season, with those contracted beyond the end of the year, needing to negotiate a transfer fee/club compensation payment.

Agents have spent weeks scurrying from one club to another, touting their clients to the highest bidder. Some notable names have announced they are leaving, while others have been the subject of rampant speculation.

Sky Sports News may not be camped out at every training ground, fans are not tweeting citings of random players at provincial airports, and nor has Harry Redknapp  gone all Del Boy Trotter; but this is as close as rugby comes to football’s transfer window.

I have compiled a list of rumours and confirmed transfers. The information is drawn from personal sources, agents, social media, fan forums and press releases.

Transfer Rumours:

George Ford – Leicester – Bath

Nick Kennedy – Toulon- Gloucester

Anthony Watson- London Irish- Bath

Is Ford destined to join his Dad Mike at Bath?

Is Ford destined to join his Dad Mike at Bath?

John Smit- Saracens-Toulon

Matt Garvey- London Irish- Bath

Rory Clegg – Harlequins-Newcastle

Andy Hazell – Gloucester- Bristol

James Hudson – Newcastle- Gloucester

Jonathan Joseph- London Irish- Bath

George North – Scarlets – France (numerous clubs)

Toby Faletau – Newport Dragons- Bath

Micky Young-Leicester- Bath

Ryan Lamb – Northampton – Leicester

Scott Hamilton – Leicester – Japan (club unknown)

Michael Claasens – Bath – Toulon

Stephen Donald – Bath – Japan (Club unknown)

Gethin Jenkins – Toulon – Cardiff Blues

Martin Castrogiovanni – Leicester – Toulon/Racing

Wessell Jooste – Leicester – Castres

Nicky Robinson- London Wasps- Bristol

Blair Cowan – Worcester – London Irish

Andy Goode – Worcester -Wasps

Andy Goode is being chased by a number of clubs

Andy Goode is being chased by a number of clubs

Dan Biggar- Ospreys- France (Racing Metro/Bayonne/Stade)

Jonny Sexton – Leinster – Racing Metro

Alex Gray – London Irish- Bath

Jamie Gibson- London Irish- Leicester

James Tyas – Bath- Cornish Pirates/Nottingham

George Chuter – Leicester- Sale Sharks

Simon Taylor- Bath- ? (Played in France before)

 Southern Hemisphere Rumours:

Luke Burgess – Toulouse- Melbourne Rebels or Queensland Reds

Heading to Japan?

Heading to Japan?

Dan Carter – Crusaders – Japan (for 6 months; rejected Perpignan/Racing Metro/Toulon)

Morne Steyn- Blue Bulls- Stade

Jerome Kaino – Toyota – Auckland Blues

Berrick Barnes – NSW Waratahs – Japan (unknown)

Confirmed Transfers:

Dan Lydiate – Newport Dragons – France (Likely Racing Metro)

Jamie Roberts – Cardiff Blues – France (Likely Racing Metro)

Billy Vunipola- London Wasps- Saracens

James Johnston- Harlequins- Saracens

Matthew Rees- Scarlets -Cardiff Blues

Brian Mujati – Northampton- Racing Metro

Soane Tonga’uiha- Northampton- France (Likely Racing Metro)

Mujati has left the Saints for Racing Metro in Paris

Mujati has left the Saints for Racing Metro in Paris

Paul Doran-Jones – Northampton- Harlequins

Alex Corbisiero- London Irish- Northampton

Jim Hamilton – Gloucester- France (Unknown)

Kahn Fotuali’i- Ospreys- Northampton

Olly Barkley- Bath- Racing Metro

Matt Kvesic- Worcester-Gloucester

Matt Mullan- Worcester-London Wasps

Paul Warwick- Stade-Worcester

Hamilton is off to France to an as yet unknown club

Hamilton is off to France to an as yet unknown club

Ignacio Mieres- Exeter Chiefs- Worcester

Agustin Creevy- Montpellier-Worcester

Tom James- Cardiff Blues- Exeter Chiefs

Luke Braid- Auckland Blues- Sale Sharks

Dave Lewis- Gloucester-Exeter Chiefs

Kearnan Myall- Sale Sharks- London Wasps

Mark Sorenson- Northampton-Bristol

Peter Buxton- Gloucester-Bristol

Leroy Houston – Colomiers- Bath

Juan Pablo Orlandi- Racing Metro-Bath

Southern Hemisphere:

Richard Kahui – Waikato Chiefs – Toshiba (Japan)

RWC 2011 winner Kahui has joined the exodus to Japan

RWC 2011 winner Kahui has joined the exodus to Japan

Bryan Habana- Stormers- Toulon

Adam Thomson  – Highlanders – Canon Eagles, Japan

Craig Clarke- Waikato Chiefs- Connacht

Re-signed (selection):

Matt Banahan/Carl Fearns- Bath

Andrew Sheridan/Mathieu Bastareaud- Toulon

Geoff Parling- Leicester

Alex Cuthbert- Cardiff Blues

Euan Murray- Worcester

Tom Johnson- Exeter Chiefs

Tom Varndell- London Wasps

Stephen Myler- Northampton

Undecided:

Jonny Wilkinson will either re-sign or retire

Cedric Heymans-Bayonne (released) – Likely to retire

Murphy seems set to call time on a glittering career

Murphy seems set to call time on a glittering career

Geordan Murphy- Leicester- Retire

Paul Sackey- Stade- Retirement possible

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One response

  1. Nothing more disappointing than the continual movement of players between franchises!!

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