Skelton has been away from Australia since 2016 following a stint with the Waratahs, where he won the Super Rugby title in 2014. However, in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup last year approaches were made for the massive lock in a bid for him to be eligible for the tournament.
Those moves came to no avail, but now Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson told The Australian that they will go all out to tempt Skelton back to his homeland.
“I can’t see them keeping anywhere near that team together and because he [Skelton] is not English, he will be one of the first under the spotlight. We have spoken to his agent, and we are going to go heavy this week. We are in a realistic chance at some stage to bring him back, if he wants to come back. He’s going to make a decision on what he is doing this for. Is it money, or is it career? So he has to make that clear to us. For us, we won’t compete for the money. We’ll make a good offer. But I only want guys in the country who want to make a difference. He has apparently been saying the right things but, to be fair, he was always just trying to honour his contract,” he said.
If he returns to Australia it is believed he could go back to the Waratahs, but there is also rumours that the Rebels or the Brumbies could try and get him onto their books.
Meanwhile, with a big salary and being unable to play for England, it seems a logical move for Saracens to try and offload the 27-year-old.
Already they have lost Liam Williams to the Scarlets and it is believed that George Kruis will depart for Japan come the end of the current campaign. While question marks remain over a host of star names including Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje.
However, while those players more than likely would seek a move to a club in England, Skelton will have his options and a move back to Australia would be a huge boost for the national side as they head into a new era under Dave Rennie.
Premiership Duo Eye English Prospect
Two English Premiership sides are looking to the possibility of signing one of England’s hottest prospects according to reports
The 20-year-old is currently playing for fellow English team Sale Sharks and has been in impressive form, catching the eye of England head coach Eddie Jones, who called him in to train with the senior side last week.
The Chiefs are thought to be losing centre Sam Hill at the end of the current campaign and see Redpath as a long-term replacement, while Bath have also let Wales international Jamie Roberts leave for Super Rugby outfit the Stormers.
Exeter are also believed to be interested in fellow England youngster Josh Hodge, with the 19-year-old back showing his skills in the Championship with the Newcastle Falcons this season and again being involved with Jones’ senior side.
Redpath is the son of former Scotland international Bryan Redpath and is versatile being able to play at fly-half, centre or full-back.
He has appeared of 20 times for the Sharks to date and signed a five-year deal in 2017, but both the clubs chasing him will hope that they can tempt him away with a better offer, with the Chiefs more than likely being able to offer Champions Cup rugby as well as currently looking the most likely club to dominate the Premiership over the next few seasons.
Northampton Snap Up Ospreys Ace on Loan
The Northampton Saints have confirmed the arrival of an Ospreys player to help them in the short-term
The 28-year-old joins to help cover the losses of David Robbins, Alex Moon, Api Ratuniyarawa and Courtney Lawes. The former two are missing through injury, while Ratuniyarawa is currently serving a four-week ban and Lawes is on international duty with England in the Six Nations.
Speaking on the deal the club’s director of rugby Chris Boyd admitted he is delighted to be able to bring in someone with Glynn’s experience as the team challenge at the top of the Premiership table.
“We’re very pleased to have been able to bring in a player with plenty of Premiership experience in Ben. Injuries and international availability throughout the Six Nations period is obviously putting a little strain on the depth of our squad, so we’ve got to get over that challenge and Ben will help us to do that. He offers us an immediate option in a position of need, and in the very short time he has been with the squad, he has slotted in brilliantly. So despite a bit of a whirlwind week, he will certainly be in contention for selection against Exeter this weekend,” he said.
His first outing with his new club could be one of the hardest he would have imagined as the Saints take on league leaders the Exeter Chiefs this weekend in what is a battle of the top two teams.
Bristol Make Loanee a Permanent Signing
Bristol Bears have confirmed that a player they have had on loan has now committed his long-term future to the club
The former Gloucester star joined the Bears from Championship side Coventry last month and has impressed since then and has now penned a two-year deal with Bristol.
The 25-year-old admitted he has been happy since joining and is delighted that they have rewarded his form with a permanent deal.
“I’ve really enjoyed my short time at the club, and I’m very grateful for the welcome everyone at Bristol has given me. It feels like an awesome culture Pat has built here with an outstanding group of players and staff. It’s an exciting time to be a Bear, and I’m really looking forward to what’s to come,” he said.
Purdy can play on the wing, in the centre or at full-back and Bristol’s director of rugby Pat Lam believes this makes him a valuable player to have in the side.
“Henry has made a big impression in a short period of time since arriving at Bristol Bears. He came to the club with a desire to establish himself back in the top flight, and we’ve already seen what he is capable of. Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions. Our vision is about building a world-class squad with quality depth in every position. Henry is an intelligent rugby player who is a real threat across a number of positions,” he said.
It is a good move by the Bears as they continue to strengthen their squad ahead of next season but they will be hoping to continue their impressive form so far this season when they take on Worcester Warriors this Sunday.
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