Both Owen Franks and Brodie Retallick, who have 106 and 75 tests for the All Blacks respectively are said to be in talks in lucrative deals in England.
Retallick has reportedly been offered a £1m per season deal to join the Sale Sharks after the World Cup later this year. This deal would make him one of the highest paid players on the planet.
The deal between the Sharks and Retallic are said to be in an advanced stage and, if concluded, he would join Charles Piutau, a former All Black teammate, as the biggest earners in the game.
Franks, in turn, has received offers from Northampton and Toulon, with Northampton expected to announce Franks on a two-year deal, with the option of a third. Franks would line up with brother Ben, who signed with the Saints in 2018 and has played 47 tests for the All Blacks. He would also join former Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and former All Black Matt Proctor.
With the anticipated moves, Franks and Retallick will join a growing contingent of All Blacks currently plying their trade in England’s top division and also rejected offers to play in the Top 14 after the World Cup.
Apart from Retallick and Franks, it is also reported that Waisake Naholo is in the process of an overseas move after the World Cup, with English clubs London Irish and Wasp being the front-runners to conclude a deal with the All Black winger.
Exiles name squad for Saints’ cup visit
Declan Kidney has confirmed the squad that will welcome Northampton Saints to the Gtech Community Stadium for Round 2 of the Premiership Rugby Cup on Tuesday night (7:45pm kick-off).
Tarek Haffar, Patrick Harrison, and Ciaran Parker are in the front row, with Ed Scragg and Chunya Munga in the second row.
Jack Cooke captains the side from the six jersey and is joined in the back row by Isaac Curtis-Harris and Ben Atkins
Hugh O’Sullivan and Rory Jennings are the halfback duo, with Tom Hitchcock and Luca Morisi combining in the centres.
Michael Dykes, Ben Loader and Logan Trotter form the back three to complete the line-up.
“We have 13 players in tomorrow’s squad that have come through the Club’s Academy system,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.
“This is a credit to the hard work that the players and Academy staff have put into their development, and it’s great to see.
“We had a good win against Harlequins last time out in this competition, but we know the size of the challenge ahead of us given the result of the trip to Northampton in the league.
“Northampton have a good squad at their disposal, and I’m sure that both sides will come into the contest wanting to play a good, expansive brand of rugby.”
15 Logan Trotter, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Luca Morisi, 12 Tom Hitchcock, 11 Michael Dykes, 10 Rory Jennings, 9 Hugh O’Sullivan, 1 Tarek Haffar, 2 Patrick Harrison, 3 Ciaran Parker, 4 Ed Scragg, 5 Chunya Munga, 6 Jack Cooke (c), 7 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 8 Ben Atkins.
16 Joseph Vajner, 17 Jamie Jack, 18 Mikey Summerfield, 19 Hallam Chapman, 20 Izzy Moore-Aiono, 21 Ollie Allan, 22 Jacob Atkins, 23 Alex Harmes.
Team news: Side for Tuesday Cup clash
Monday 26 September 2022
Louie Johnson starts at full-back for Newcastle Falcons on Tuesday night as they continue their Premiership Rugby Cup campaign at home to Sale Sharks.
The 7.45pm kick-off at Kingston Park Stadium sees five personnel changes from the side which was beaten 35-21 in the opening round at Wasps – Newcastle once again rotating their resources in a block which sees them playing five games in 13 days.
Former Saracen Elliott Obatoyinbo moves to the right wing in his second game since signing a short-term contract, Iwan Stephens starting on the other wing after scoring with the final play at Wasps.
England Under-20s hooker Ollie Fletcher makes his first start for the Falcons after coming on from the bench in their last cup outing, while Matthew Dalton packs down at second row after a summer which has seen him playing club rugby in Australia.
Newcastle University flanker George Bennett-Teare is one of four guest players in the match-day squad, being joined by fellow Newcastle students Rory Ward and Oliver Melville plus Northumbria University’s Will Hopes.
On the bench there could be a debut for 18-year-old prop Mike Rewcastle, with 13 current or former Falcons academy players selected in the match-day 23.
Newcastle Falcons head coach Dave Walder said: “This is a great opportunity for this group of players to go out there and show us what they can do in a proper match scenario.
“Playing three away games in the space of eight days has really tested our playing resources, and with our Gallagher Premiership game against Bristol being on Friday night this week we are again being pushed to the limit with such a short turnaround.
“But there is a lot of attacking ability within this group, it’s a wonderful chance for them to put in a big performance in front of our home crowd and really push their case for selection on a longer-term basis.”
Tuesday’s game is not being shown on TV or live stream, so being there in person is the only way to see all the action.
Newcastle Falcons team to face Sale Sharks (Tuesday, 7.45pm, Kingston Park Stadium)
15 Louie Johnson, 14 Elliott Obatoyinbo, 13 Zach Kerr (captain), 12 Ewan Greenlaw, 11 Iwan Stephens, 10 Josh Thomas, 9 James Blackett; 1 Conrad Cade, 2 Ollie Fletcher, 3 Mark Tampin, 4 Matthew Dalton, 5 Josh Peters, 6 George Bennett-Teare, 7 Marcus Tiffen, 8 Matt Deehan.
Replacements: 16 Mark Dormer, 17 Mike Rewcastle, 18 Conor Kenny, 19 Rory Ward, 20 Will Hopes, 21 Ben Douglas, 22 Jeremy Civil, 23 Oliver Melville.
Not available for selection: Luke Coulston, Nathan Earle, Carl Fearns, Gary Graham, Pete Lucock, Matias Moroni, Logovi’i Mulipola, Chidera Obonna, Matias Orlando, Guy Pepper, Vereimi Qorowale, Charlie Smith, Philip van der Walt, Will Welch, Michael Young.
Sale Sharks: 15 Elliot Gourlay, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Joe Bedlow, 12 Tom Curtis, 11 Sammy Adu, 10 Kieran Wilkinson, 9 Nye Thomas; 1 Ben Carlile, 2 Ethan Caine, 3 Joe Jones, 4 Dom Barrow, 5 Alex Groves, 6 Matt Postlethwaite, 7 Sam Dugdale (captain), 8 Reuban Birch.
Replacements: 16 Harry Thompson, 17 Tumy Onasanya, 18 Cal Ford, 19 Ben Bamber, 20 Ewan Murphy, 21 Huw Davies, 22 Cal Morris, 23 Arron Pope.
Referee: Hamish Smales.
GUEST PLAYER BIOS
George Bennett-Teare: Back row, Newcastle University, 01/02/2002, 193cm, 110kg.
Will Hopes: Lock, Northumbria University, 20/7/2001, 194cm, 105kg.
Oliver Melville: Full-back, Newcastle University, 19/01/2002, 182ck, 87kg.
Rory Ward: Lock, Newcastle University, 01/03/2003, 196cm, 108kg.
Saints sign Bristol forward on loan
Northampton Saints can today confirm the signing of Marty Mulhall from Bristol Bears on a month-long loan deal.The 120kg loosehead prop, 25, initially joined the Bears from Swansea University in July following a stint in BUCS Super Rugby, having already represented Ireland Students.Mulhall has signed until the end of October to bolster Northampton’s squad, with Saints scheduled to play eight times in the next five weeks – including three Premiership Rugby Cup fixtures (against London Irish, Saracens and Harlequins) and five in the Gallagher Premiership (Harlequins, Wasps, Newcastle Falcons, Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears).The Club would like to thank the management team at Bristol for their co-operation with this loan.
Northampton Saints can today confirm the signing of Marty Mulhall from Bristol Bears on a month-long loan deal.
The 120kg loosehead prop, 25, initially joined the Bears from Swansea University in July following a stint in BUCS Super Rugby, having already represented Ireland Students.
Mulhall has signed until the end of October to bolster Northampton’s squad, with Saints scheduled to play eight times in the next five weeks – including three Premiership Rugby Cup fixtures (against London Irish, Saracens and Harlequins) and five in the Gallagher Premiership (Harlequins, Wasps, Newcastle Falcons, Bath Rugby and Bristol Bears).
The Club would like to thank the management team at Bristol for their co-operation with this loan.
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