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London Irish star named Premiership Rugby Player of the Month!



London Irish is proud to announce that Benhard Janse van Rensburg has been awarded the Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month for January.

He is the first London Irish player to pick up the award in over a decade, edging out Ben White, Ollie Hassell-Collins and 13 others on the 16-man shortlist who were for their contributions over the last month.

The South African centre has been ever-present for the Exiles in his two years so far with the Club, earning 16 more appearances this season to the 29 accrued in his maiden campaign.

Arriving at Irish ahead of the 2021/22 season, Janse van Rensburg has scored 14 tries so far for the Club, with three of those coming in the Premiership this season.

He dotted down for the Exiles in a 23-7 win over Bristol Bears to open the calendar year in the league, also making the third-most gain line carries (six) and 10th-most carries (14) league wide in Round 15.

Janse van Rensburg made five tackles, 13 passes and 39 metres with ball in hand that day, Irish’s linchpin following up his performance with important contributions on derby day against Harlequins as the Exiles stormed to a 42-24 victory.

The centre was presented the award by Jacob Fordham (above), Business Development Executive at Gallagher, who described him as a “highly worthy winner” and “at the heart of the team”.

Ugo Monye also praised the midfielder as “one of the pillars of Irish’s game”.

Janse van Rensburg has made the fourth-most gain line carries (63), joint-seventh most turnovers won (11) and 10th-most carries (116) across the Premiership this season.

Northampton Saints wing James Ramm and London Irish scrum-half Ben White tied for the runners-up spot, with Nick David of Harlequins fourth.

As part of his prize for being named Gallagher Player of the Month, Janse van Rensburg wins a shirt signed by the whole London Irish squad and framed by Gallagher to gift to a charity of his choice, to help raise funds for its chosen cause.

Janse van Rensburg was voted for by a panel of media professionals based on his performances in January 2023, alongside a public poll on the Premiership Rugby app.

The judges were: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Alex Lowe (The Times) Hugh Godwin (I), Andrew Baldock (Press Association), John Everly (Bristol Post and Bath Chronicle) Jill Douglas (Broadcaster), Craig Swayne (The Good, The Bad and The Rugby), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN).

The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby’s Communications Director.


Congratulations Benhard!


Winners in the 2022-23 season

January – Benhard Janse van Rensburg (London Irish)

December – Rob du Preez (Sale Sharks)

November – Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby)

October – Alex Goode (Saracens)

September – Theo McFarland (Saracens)


Winners in the 2021-22 season

March – George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons)

February – Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)

January – André Esterhuizen (Harlequins)

December – George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

November – Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)

October – George Ford (Leicester Tigers)

September – Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)


Winners in the 2020-21 season

May – Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

April – Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby)

March- Danny Care (Harlequins)

February – Marcus Smith (Harlequins)

January – Piers O’Conor (Bristol Bears)

December – Alfie Barbeary (Wasps)

November – Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)


Winners in the 2019-20 season

August – Jack Willis (Wasps)

May– Paul Hill and Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)*

April – Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

March – Jamal Ford-Robinson (Gloucester Rugby)

February – Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears)

January – Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins)

December – Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby)

November – Tom O’Flaherty (Exeter Chiefs)


* Gallagher ran public polls while play was suspended to nominate a ‘Community Player of the Month’ in recognition of inspiring off-pitch performances made by players during lockdown to support their local communities and boost the morale of the wider rugby community.


Winners in the 2018-19 season

April – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)

March – Santiago Cordero (Exeter Chiefs)

February – Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints)

December – Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints)

November – Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)

October – Alex Goode (Saracens)

September – Danny Cipriani (Gloucester Rugby)


Winners in the 2017-18 season

April – Vereniki Goneva (Newcastle Falcons)

March – Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)

February – Jack Willis (Wasps)

December – Josh Adams (Worcester Warriors)

November – Ruan Ackermann (Gloucester Rugby)

October – Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)

September – Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)


Winners in the 2016-17 season

April – Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby)

March – Christian Wade (Wasps)

February – James Short (Exeter Chiefs)

December – Tom Varndell (Bristol Rugby)

November – Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)

October – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

September – Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)


Winners in the 2015-16 season

April – Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)

March – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)

February – George Smith (Wasps)

January – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)

December – Maro Itoje (Saracens)

November – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

October – Nick Evans (Harlequins)


Winners in the 2014-15 season

April – Joe Simpson (Wasps)

March – Elliot Daly (Wasps)

February – Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

January – Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

December – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)

November – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)

October – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)

September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)


Winners in the 2013-14 season

April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)

March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)

February – Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)

January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

December – Nick Easter (Harlequins)

November – George Ford (Bath Rugby)

October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)

September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)

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Springbok World Cup winner to join Bath Rugby



Bath Rugby can confirm the signing of Rugby World Cup-winning international tighthead prop Thomas du Toit.

The physically menacing front row, who featured in the Springboks’ 2019 Rugby World Cup title-winning campaign in Japan, will join the Blue, Black and White after the 2023 Rugby World Cup along with British & Irish Lion and Scotland fly-half Finn Russell.  

A devastating force in the scrum, du Toit provides another strong ball carrying option for the club following on from the recruitment of Alfie Barbeary, Ted Hill and Ollie Lawrence.

He has featured 15 times for the Springboks to date and also has the ability to play loosehead prop, as shown during his time at The Sharks. 

Head of Rugby Johann van Graan said: “Thomas is a winner. He has experience of winning at the highest level, having reached the pinnacle of world rugby with the Springboks. 

“He is a world-class operator at scrum time. There are not many players in the world who can play on both sides of the scrum to an international standard, maintain control and have destructive power. He is another player we have added to our squad who also possesses fantastic carrying ability to get his side over the gainline.

“Thomas is a fantastic leader having been captain of The Sharks and South Africa A and we are delighted he has chosen Bath to continue his rugby journey.”

Hailing from Paarl Boys’ High, du Toit was a roaring presence as a ball-carrier and a scrummager in his teens, earning South Africa Schools caps in 2013. 

A year later he moved from Western Province to The Sharks in what proved to be a mammoth year as he represented his country at the Under-20 Junior World Championship, finishing as a runner-up, before earning his first Super Rugby caps.

Since then, the behemoth prop has developed into a world-class operator, playing for the Springboks during their 2019 Rugby World Cup title-winning campaign, just a year after his international debut against Wales. He has also grown into a leader which has seen him captain The Sharks and South Africa ‘A’.

Du Toit, who is a Sharks centurion and is also capped by the Barbarians, has experience of playing outside of South Africa, joining Munster for a brief stint in 2016.

The 27-year-old said: “When I spoke to Johann and heard his vision for Bath, I was excited and knew it was the place I wanted to be. 

“I want to challenge myself and develop my game in an environment which has a desire to progress and achieve.

“Everyone talks about how iconic a place The Rec is to play at and I’ve heard that supporters pack it out every time which is special. I can’t wait to meet everyone and contribute to the club’s future success.”


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Join Thomas, Finn, Ollie, Alfie, Ted and more at The Rec next season!



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Skosan to leave Saints at the end of the season



Northampton Saints can today confirm that Courtnall Skosan will leave the Club at the end of the 2022/23 season. The winger – who has scored 19 tries in Black, Green and Gold – departs the Club after making 37 appearances in a Saints shirt to date.“Courtnall is a very good man and I feel very strongly about him and his time at the Club,” said Saints’ Director of Rugby Phil Dowson.

“It’s fair to say Courtnall’s made a significant impact on the field too, his ability to score tries has been an incredible asset but his work rate in all the other areas of his game is just as impressive.

“He is an absolute professional and I know he will continue to give his all as we fight for a play-off place, after that Courtnall will leave with our very best wishes.”

Joining Saints from South African side Lions, Skosan arrived in Northampton with 12 Springbok caps to his name, as well as over 100 appearances across the Super Rugby and Currie Cup competitions with the Lions.

The winger also played for South Africa at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2011, and South Africa ‘A’ in 2016, before his full international debut for the Springboks in 2017. 

And Skosan hit the ground running after touching down in Northampton – with the 31-year-old scoring an impressive hat-trick of tries on debut against Worcester Warriors in 2021 before adding a further ten tries in his first term.

The former Springbok has made 16 appearances so far this season and having added a further six tries to his tally already, is determined to end this term positively.

Skosan said: “Thank you to Saints’ management, players, and staff for the last two seasons. And to the fans – thank you for the support. You really are a force to be reckoned with, there’s no better feeling than to play in front of a packed Franklin’s Gardens. 

“For now, though, I’m looking forward to finishing this season off on a high. God bless.”

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Gloucester Rugby sign Cardiff star



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Gloucester Rugby is pleased to announce the signing of centre Max Llewellyn, who will arrive at Kingsholm this summer ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Llewellyn, who qualifies for both Wales and England, moves to the Cherry & Whites from United Rugby Championship side Cardiff Rugby, where he has made 40 appearances, scoring five tries.

The 24-year-old also spent time with Cardiff RFC in the Welsh Premiership and represented Wales U20s 14 times between 2018 and 2019.

At 6’5’’ and 105kg, Llewellyn brings a significant physical presence into Gloucester’s midfield options.

Max comes from impressive rugby stock, his father, Gareth Llewellyn, having won 92 caps for Wales.

Gloucester Rugby Head Coach, George Skivington, says the young centre is a welcome addition to the squad.

“Max is a young player that has a huge amount of potential and we’re excited about him seeing him in Cherry & White. He’s been really impressive for Cardiff over the last couple of seasons and we know he’s relishing the prospect of challenging himself in the Gallagher Premiership.

“He’s obviously a big lad and he enjoys that physical side of the game but that’s not the only string to his bow.

“Max will have some experienced Premiership backs to learn from here in addition to the coaching staff, so he’s in a great place to develop, and we’re looking forward to seeing him in Cherry & White.”

“I’m really excited to be coming to Gloucester” commented Llewellyn.

“It’s always been an ambition of mine to play in the Premiership and to do that for a club like Gloucester, it’s something I’m really looking forward to.

“I was fortunate enough to play at Kingsholm in pre-season and the atmosphere there was amazing; it’s somewhere you look forward to playing every week.”

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