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Scotland centre makes Premiership switch.

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Newcastle Falcons today revealed via their website that they have bolstered their midfield options for the 2nd half of the current season by signing Scotland and Glasgow Warriors centre Alex Dunbar.

The 28-year-old has been training with Scotland ahead of this weekend’s Six Nations opener, but has linked up with Newcastle today following his release from the national squad.

Capped 31 times by his country and with seven test tries to his name, the 6 ft 3 star played in Scotland’s November tests against Wales, Fiji and Argentina.

Dunbar has made 92 Pro 14 appearances in his nine and a half seasons with Glasgow and a further 27 in the Champions Cup, director of rugby Dean Richards welcoming his arrival on Tyneside.

“Alex is a very experienced operator at the top level who will help give us the strength and quality we need during the back half of the Gallagher Premiership season.

“He brings real physicality to the game, he picks great lines and he will offer us valuable competition in an important area of the side between now and the end of the season.”

Dunbar said:

“Coming down to Newcastle for the rest of the season gives me a great opportunity to play some rugby, and I’m excited by the prospects here.

“I’ve trained with the squad today, everyone has been really welcoming and I’m just keen to get stuck in.

“I’ve watched a number of Newcastle’s games and they play an exciting brand of rugby, I know quite a few of the boys from the Scotland squad and this is a great chance for me to hopefully get some game time.

“The Gallagher Premiership is a really high-quality competition, I’ve been keen to test myself in that environment and it’s now just a case of trying to get up to speed with all the calls and patterns and pushing my case for selection.”

Glasgow have the option in the deal to recall the Center at any time.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Dave Rennie, said:

“Alex is a good man and has given everything to the club on and off the pitch for the best part of a decade.

“We have a lot of competition at centre and this is a good opportunity for him to go and play more regularly and test himself in a different competition.

“We wish him and Lois all the best in Newcastle.”


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Club Statement – December 1

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Exeter Chiefs

1/12/22

Members of Exeter Rugby Club on Wednesday night passed a resolution for a percentage of shares in Sandy Park Hotel Limited to be sold to club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE.

The sale of the shares mean Mr Rowe now has a majority stake of Sandy Park Hotel Limited moving forward, but that the Rugby Club itself still maintains a sizeable percentage of the shares themselves.

The fee paid for the shares by Mr Rowe not only provides an injection of capital to keep cash flow going, but will also help service substantial debts accrued by Exeter Rugby Club due to the impact of the Covid pandemic in 2020.

Part of the resolution was also that directors shall use their best endeavours to retain at least 26% shareholding in Sandy Park Hotel Limited and also prior to any disposal of shares they will likewise use their best endeavours to enter into a Shareholding Agreement to ensure that in the event of the company at any time selling a part or whole of a minority holding in Sandy Park Hotel Limited, no discount shall be applied to the value or the shares on account of their being from a minority holding.

The club will be making no further comment on the matter.

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Saracens sign Springbok on short term deal

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Saracens is excited to announce the signing of Francois Hougaard on a three-month deal.

The former Springbok will bring a wealth of experience to StoneX Stadium with over 100 appearances in the Gallagher Premiership as well as 44 caps for South Africa.

The 34-year-old provides more cover to the wing as a number of backs continue their journey back to action.

Hougaard is delighted to be heading to North London.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to join Saracens. They are a great club with many fantastic players and I look forward to helping them build on their success over the years.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall is pleased to welcome the South African to StoneX Stadium.

“Francois is a player with great experience and we are excited to see the impact he can make with us over the coming months.”

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Injury Update with Compeed ahead of Harlequins

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Ahead of the weekend’s match against Harlequins, Bath Rugby Head of Medical Services Rory Murray has provided a squad injury update.


Alfie Barbeary
Alfie had hamstring surgery at the end of September. As he has only just arrived at the club, we are working with him to establish where he is in his recovery. He will return this season. 

Lewis Boyce
Lewis picked up a knee injury against London Irish in October. He is now back in full training.

Chris Cloete
Chris is back running following his broken foot sustained against Wasps in September. He is on course for a return at the end of December.

Jaco Coetzee
Jaco had ankle surgery earlier in the season. He will return the backend of December/the beginning of January.

Gabriel Hamer-Webb
Gabriel injured his ankle against Newcastle Falcons at the start of November. His aim for return is the end of January.

Ruaridh McConnochie
Ruaridh injured his hamstring against Newcastle Falcons at the start of November. It is a similar injury to what Tom de Glanville experienced this season. His aim for return is mid-December.  

Quinn Roux
Quinn suffered a knee injury against the Barbarians. He requires surgery and will return at the end of February.

Will Stuart
Will returned from his knee injury for England against New Zealand. A week later against South Africa, he suffered a dislocated elbow which does not require surgery. He will not return for at least eight weeks.

Sam Underhill
Following his shoulder surgery, Sam has been integrated back into full training. He is set to return in mid-December.  

Mike Williams
Mike has experienced a new knee injury. He is on course for an end-of-January return.


 

 

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