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Wasps confirm 2 stars to leave at the end of the season

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In a statement coming from their website, Wasps today confirmed the rumours that 2 of their star players will be leaving at the end of the current season.

The statement reads:

Wasps can today confirm that Nathan Hughes and Willie Le Roux will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It’s always disappointing to lose players of such quality but this is professional sport and there isn’t much you can do about it. There are a number of factors that play a part in players’ decisions to move on and unfortunately these guys have opted to move onto pastures new for 2019/20.

“Nathan arrived from New Zealand’s domestic scene and has risen to the top during his time at Wasps, going on to become an England international. It’s a credit to the Club that we’ve been able to help him realise his potential and although it’s a blow to lose such a quality player, we wish him all the best.

“Willie joined Wasps at a time when he wasn’t a part of the Springboks side and since making the move here, he has rediscovered his form and shown that he is a world-class player which in turn has seen him restored to the national side, going on to make over 50 appearances. We’d like to place our thanks on record to Willie for his great service to the Club over the past two-and-a-half seasons.”

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“It’s been a great six years at Wasps and even though it was a tough decision, I’m keen to test myself in a new environment. I’ll be sad to leave some great friends and teammates but I’d like to thank everyone for making the last six years so memorable and wish everyone involved with the Club the best for the future.”

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“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wasps and would like to thank everyone involved with the Club for their support. I’ll continue to give my all till the end of the season in the Black and Gold.”

Willie Le Roux:

It’s been widely rumoured that Hughes is set to sign with Bristol Bears and the club confirmed this in style via their twitter account this morning.

Le Roux has been linked heavily with a move to the Japanese Top League. Whilst Elliot Daly has also been strongly linked with a move to Saracens.


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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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