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Barrett to Move to Super Rugby Rival?

Beauden Barrett’s future has been under the spotlight for a while now, but could it take a surprise turn?

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All Black out-half Beauden Barrett could make a shock move from the Hurricanes to fellow Super Rugby franchise the Blues according to the NZ Herald.

The 28-year-old has been a long-term target for the Blues, he was even set to join them in 2016 until he re-signed with the Hurricanes, whom he has been with since 2011.

However, the Herald are reporting that he has remained on their radar and they hope to hold talks about a move north for the playmaker.

It is suspected that any deal would most likely be similar to that of Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, both of whom will take sabbaticals in Japan before returning to New Zealand.

Only last month, Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree expressed his desire for Barrett to remain at the club and told Radio Sports D’Arcy that they had already started discussing the future.

“First prize for us is that he stays at the Hurricanes in some capacity. There might be a sabbatical involved or he might decide to go and play overseas. The chats that I’ve had with him have all been pretty positive around playing for New Zealand Rugby and his future in New Zealand Rugby, so I think we can probably wait for the rest,” he said.

It is believed that if the 73-capped All Black does make the switch to the Blues that he may only turn out for them come 2021 due to a break away from New Zealand.

The Herald asked the Blues for a comment on the matter to which chief executive of the franchise Michael Redman gave a simple reply.

“Our policy remains unchanged that we never comment on speculation around player or staff recruitment,” he said.

The other possibility for the two-time World Rugby Player of the Year is a move to Europe with reports claiming that French Top 14 teams are vying for his signature and willing to offer him a massive financial contract.

Barrett is the biggest name on the All Black list yet to declare his future intentions, however, if he does move to the Blues it would be a huge signing for a franchise that hasn’t made the Super Rugby play-offs in eight seasons.

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Munster Sign Aussie Forward on Short-Term Deal

Munster have confirmed the arrival of an Australian forward for the duration of the Rugby World Cup

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Munster have signed versatile Australian forward Jed Holloway from the Waratahs on a short-term contract.

The deal will see Holloway link-up with the province come the end of September for two-months as World Cup cover subject to receiving a work permit.

Holloway will bring some experience to the pack having racked up 52 Super Rugby appearances since his debut in 2013 and can play in either the second or back row.

That will please Munster fans as their side have lost the likes of CJ Stander, Peter O’Mahony, Jean Kleyn and Tadhg Beirne as all have been included in Joe Schmidt’s Irish squad.

The province have also confirmed that the 26-year-old has been joined in pre-season training by Paddy Butler and Peter McCabe.

Both left their clubs in Pau and Connacht respectively and have not been handed contracts at this moment in time.

Munster host London Irish in a pre-season friendly this Friday in Cork as they look to build towards the new season, which they open up against the Dragons at Thomond Park on September 28th.

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Highlanders Sign All Blacks Youngster

The Highlanders have confirmed their first signing for the 2020 Super Rugby season

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The Highlanders have announced their first signing ahead of the 2020 Super Rugby season with All Blacks Sevens and New Zealand U20 star Scott Gregory.

The 20-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the franchise and is so far only one of two confirmed outside backs in the squad for next season along with Josh McKay.

He has been a part of the New Zealand U20 World Championship squad for the past two years and played a vital role in the nations Sevens team during the 2018/19 World Series.

Having debuted for in the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018 for Northland and has become known for his speed and will be a welcome addition to the Highlanders following the mass exodus of players at the end of last season.

Come the end of the season the franchise confirmed that a total of 12 players would be departing them including All Blacks Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock and Jackson Hemopo.

As well as them there is a huge loss of Super Rugby experience in Matt Faddes who is set to join Ulster for the 2019/20 season.

Most of the players are heading overseas in order to receive improved contracts in what is becoming an increasing problem for Southern Hemisphere nations.

The Highlanders finished the 2019 season with a quarter-final loss to eventual winners the Crusaders and with all the departures it is expected that Gregory will be the first of many new faces through the door.

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Te’o Set to Leave England

Ben Te’o is currently unattached after leaving Worcester Warriors and it now seems as though he could be set for a departure from England

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England centre Ben Te’o appears more likely than ever to leave the country following his omission from Eddie Jones’ squad.

The former Leinster man has been unattached since leaving Worcester Warriors at the end of the season and his future has been up in the air since.

It is believed that at 33-years-old, the New Zealand-native was hoping that the World Cup would be a final tournament for England. However, following his snubbing by Eddie Jones it looks as though his time with the national team could already be over.

With that in mind a move abroad would make sense and there is reported interest from clubs across the globe.

Reports are linking French sides Racing 92, Toulouse and Toulon with a move for the centre and there is apparent interest from Japanese Super Rugby outfit the Sunwolves who are in their final season in the competition.

However, a move to the Queensland Reds could be the most likely option as they are set to lose Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi to the Japanese Top League.

Having failed to make Jones’ 33-man squad for their preparations for this weekend’s clash with Wales it would be no surprise if the 20-cap England international looked overseas. Although Eddie Jones has told players to stay ready for a call-up and Te’o could be brought in again for one final appearance but it’s unlikely that would change his mind on leaving.

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