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Gloucester Rugby travel to 5 time Premiership winners Saracens in their first away game of the 2022/23 Gallagher Premiership season on Saturday. (September 24, KO 3pm).

Two changes in the Gloucester starting XV from their comeback victory over Wasps two weeks ago sees new signing Albert Tuisue come in at number 8 for Ben Morgan and Ben Meehan replace Charlie Chapman.

Fijian Tuisue will be partnered with captain Ruan Ackermann and academy graduate Harry Taylor in an exciting blend of youth and experience in the back row.

In the front row, Harry Elrington, Jack Singleton and Fraser Balmain start with Freddie Clarke and Alex Craig packing down behind them.

Meehan is partnered with Adam Hastings in the half-backs with Mark Atkinson and Chris Harris in midfield.

The back-three is comprised of Ollie Thorley, Lloyd Evans and Louis Rees-Zammit, whose 85 metre try started Gloucester’s dramatic comeback last time out.

Prop Val Rapava-Ruskin is set to make his 100th Premiership appearance from the bench.

The rest of the forward replacements are Santiago Socino, Jamal Ford-Robinson, Cameron Jordan and Jordy Reid. Whilst ready to make an impact in the back line are Charlie Chapman, Billy Twelvetrees and Kyle Moyle.

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15. Lloyd Evans*

14. Louis Rees-Zammit*

13. Chris Harris

12. Mark Atkinson

11. Ollie Thorley*

10. Adam Hastings

9. Ben Meehan


1. Harry Elrington

2. Jack Singleton

3. Fraser Balmain

4. Freddie Clarke*

5. Alex Craig*

6. Ruan Ackermann (c)

7. Harry Taylor*

8. Albert Tuisue


16. Santiago Socino

17. Val Rapava-Ruskin

18. Jamal Ford-Roboinson

19. Cameron Jordan*

20. Jordy Reid

21. Charlie Chapman*

22. Billy Twelvetrees

23. Kyle Moyle


*Denotes academy graduates.

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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.”

Source – Newcastle Falcons Rugby

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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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