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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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Exeter Closing in on England Starlet

Exeter Chiefs are reportedly set to sign one of England’s most exciting young stars as they build towards the future

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Exeter Chiefs are interested in taking exciting back Josh Hodge from the Newcastle Falcons following a number of starring performances in the Championship this season.

Hodge has played a role in the Championship club’s rise to the top of the table, leaving them likely to be promoted back to the Premiership after a one year absence. 

His performances have left Premiership sides looking at his situation and taking him to their club, however, RugbyPass believe that the Chiefs are closing in on a deal for the youngster. 

As well as his fine club form he has featured prominently for the England U20’s side and received a call-up to Eddie Jones’ England senior squad to train with the team during the Six Nations campaign. 

Hodge plays mostly at full-back and Exeter see him as a successor to Stuart Hogg, who they signed from Glasgow Warriors last summer. 

Hogg has been incredible so far this season, but the Chiefs would be able to ease Hodge into the squad while Hogg is on international duty with Scotland over the coming seasons, while he could also lean on the Scottish ace to help him develop as a player. 

The Chiefs have already started building towards the future by snapping up Wales U18 star Christ Tshiunza, and were reported to be chasing the signature of Cameron Redpath before he signed for Bath

Hodge looks set for big things in his future and would be another clever signing for the Chiefs, who hope to capitalise from Saracens relegation by dominating the Premiership over the next couple of seasons and currently sit top of the table with an eight-point cushion to second.

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Williams Leaves Saracens Earlier than Expected

Wales full-back Liam Williams will depart the Saracens set-up earlier than first thought it has been confirmed

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Wales full-back Liam Williams will leave Saracens and rejoin the Scarlets with immediate effect it has been announced.

The 28-year-old has been on the books at Sarries for the past two and a half years but it was confirmed in December that he would leave the club at the end of the season to link-up with his former employers as Saracens attempt to trip their wage bill following their breach of the salary cap rules. 

However, it has now been confirmed that Williams will join Scarlets straight after the conclusion of the Six Nations, where he is currently training with Wales. 

Speaking on the move the back-liner admitted he is looking forward to a return to the PRO14 club. 

“I’m really excited about returning to the Scarlets and would like to thank everyone involved for their support in making it happen. I’ve had a fantastic few years at Saracens and will take some very happy memories away with me. I’ve been working hard on my recovery and can’t wait to get back on the pitch,” he said. 

Williams has been out of action since October when he picked up an injury at the Rugby World Cup and is yet to feature for Wales in this year’s Six Nations, but it is hoped a return to play is near. 

Scarlets head coach Brad Mooar is delighted to have a player of Williams’ quality come in to his squad. 

“Liam is a world-class player and man, a huge favourite at Parc y Scarlets and we are thrilled to welcome Liam and Sophie back to the Scarlets. To have Liam joining our exciting group of outside backs this season is superb. I’m also thrilled for Liam that his rehab is almost complete. Obviously, his immediate availability for us will depend on how Wayne wants to play it during the Six Nations and we look forward to seeing Liam back at Parc y Scarlets in due course,” he said. 

During his time at Allianz Park Williams picked up two Premiership titles and a Champions Cup medal to add to his Grand Slam with Wales last year. 

His return to the Scarlets is a massive boost as he is one of the best players on the planet when fully fit and will add huge experience and quality to their team as they look to the future.

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Munster Complete Trio of Signings

Munster have confirmed the arrival of three new players for the 2020/21 season, in what is a major boost for the Irish province

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Munster have announced the signing of three players in the form of Matt Gallagher, Damien de Allende and RG Snyman.

The trio have all signed two-year deals with the southern Irish province keeping them at the club until June 2022 at least. 

De Allende and Snyman were both reported to be heading to Ireland in recent months and now the recent Rugby World Cup winning Springbok duo have been announced by the club. 

Both players starred in that World Cup win, playing throughout the tournament, and both are currently playing in the Japanese Top League. 

Meanwhile Gallagher joins from Saracens following their recent relegation from the English Premiership after their breaches of the salary cap relegations. He joined the club at 14 and after nine years will add some fresh blood to the Munster ranks. 

Speaking on the signings Munster head coach Johann van Graan is delighted to have bolstered the options in the squad as they look to improve next season after already being knocked-out of the Champions Cup this season. 

“From a business point of view, I’m really pleased that Munster has secured the calibre of these players. In terms of Damian and RG, it’s testament to the worldwide standing of this club that two World Cup-winning Springboks will arrive here next summer. On a personal level, I know them both very well and in addition to being world-class athletes they are great men. They will add value to everything we are striving to achieve at Munster and I know our supporters will be eagerly looking forward to their arrival. Equally, getting Matt on board is fantastic for our backline options. He is an exciting young talent that can play in a number of positions and is from a great rugby pedigree,” he said. 

Munster fans will be delighted with the incomings and it should help them progress further on the European stage from next season as well as bringing them closer to competing for domestic honours too.

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