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George Skivington names team for Slater Cup fixture at Leicester



Gloucester Rugby head coach George Skivington has picked an experienced 23 to travel to Mattioli Woods Welford Road in the Gallagher Premiership tomorrow afternoon.

After resting a number of players for last weekend’s trip to Leinster in the Heineken Champions Cup, players such as Val Rapava-Ruskin, Louis Rees-Zammit and captain Lewis Ludlow all return.

In the front row, Val Rapava-Ruskin and Santi Socino are joined by Kirill Gotovtsev, after Fraser Balmain left the field injured in his last outing against Bordeaux.

Freddie Clarke and Matias Alemanno start in the second-row, with Ruan Ackermann, Lewis Ludlow and Albert Tuisue completing the pack. Tuisue is the only player to retain his place place in the starting XV from Leinster.

In the halfbacks, Stephen Varney is joined by Scotland international Adam Hastings, who makes his first appearance back since picking up an injury during the Autumn internationals.

Seb Atkinson and Chris Harris are partnered again in midfield with an exciting back three of Jonny May, Louis Rees-Zammit and Santi Carreras, who had been deployed at fly-half in Hastings’ absence.

On the bench there is a potential Cherry & Whites debut for hooker, George McGuigan, after he signed from Newcastle Falcons last week.

He is joined by Alex Seville, Ciaran Knight, Alex Craig, Ben Morgan, Charlie Chapman, Giorgi Kveseladze and Lloyd Evans.

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15. Santiago Carreras

14. Louis Rees-Zammit*

13. Chris Harris

12. Seb Atkinson

11. Jonny May*

10. Adam Hastings

9. Stephen Varney*


1. Val Rapava-Ruskin

2. Santi Socino

3. Kirill Gotovtsev

4. Freddie Clarke

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Ruan Ackermann

7. Lewis Ludlow (C)

8. Albert Tuisue


16. George McGuigan

17. Alex Seville*

18. Ciaran Knight*

19. Alex Craig*

20. Ben Morgan

21. Charlie Chapman*

22. Giorgi Kveseladze

23. Lloyd Evans*

*Denotes academy graduate

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Sale Sharks have agreed a deal to sign Fiji captain Waisea Nayacalevu from French Top14 side Toulon. 

The explosive centre, who starred for his country during the recent World Cup, has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year. 

He will join up with Alex Sanderson’s Sharks squad ahead of the start of the 2024/25 Gallagher Premiership season. 

Waisea, 33, said: “I’ve watched the Premiership for a long time and it’s always been in the back of my mind that I would love to play there one day and experience rugby in England. 

“Now that opportunity has arrived and I’m really, really happy and grateful. I’m so excited to get over there and join the boys and see how I can contribute to the team. 

“I have spoken to Telusa Veainu and he only has positive things to say about the club and about Manchester. 

“I’m looking forward to playing with some of the guys I’ve played against, like Tom Curry and George Ford. But I also know there are a lot of really talented young players in the Sale Sharks squad and I’m excited to share my experience and help them develop as much as I can.  

“I told Alex that it’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years of my career and it’s something I’m passionate about.” 

Nayacalevu, who stands at 6’4” and weighs in at 16st 7lb, spent ten years at Top14 side Stade Français before making the switch to Toulon in 2022.  

He has won 34 caps for Fiji, slotting in at both centre and on the wing, and captained his country at last year’s World Cup, where the Pacific Islanders made the quarter-finals, losing 30-24 to England in Marseille. 

He also famously scored for Fiji in their memorable pre-World Cup win against England at Twickenham. 

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Falcons star to join Saracens



Phil Brantingham to join Saracens

Tuesday 05 March 2024 Written by: Tom Grisedale

Prop-forward Phil Brantingham will leave Newcastle Falcons in the summer to join Saracens.

The 22-year-old has played 25 games for his home town club, and leaves with the thanks and best wishes of everyone at the Falcons.

Chairman of rugby Matt Thompson said: “Phil has done well for us and we made him a good offer to stay here.

“We respect his decision and wish him all the best for his move in the summer, but between now and then he will be fully committed to finishing the season strongly for Newcastle Falcons.”

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Sale Sharks can confirm that forward Cobus Wiese will leave the club at the end of the season to return to South Africa. 

The 26-year-old lock has played almost 80 games for the club and scored five tries since joining from the DHL Stormers ahead of the 2020/21 season. 

He played a key role last year as Sale reached the Premiership final, and this season he has featured a further 13 times for Alex Sanderson’s side. 

Alex said: “Cobus will be missed by all of us on so many levels. He’s the most polite and courteous of people off the field, but the most wildly excitable man on the field, and on a night out. 

“To say Cobus wears his heart on his sleeve is to do him a disservice with regards to his emotional commitment for which his body has paid the price on occasion.  

“He leads by example and has earnt the respect and adoration of the group both on a professional and a personal level. We wish him every success and happiness with his move back home.” 

Everyone at Sale Sharks would like to thank Cobus for his contribution to the club and the team during his time here and we wish him all the very best for the future.  

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