England centre Ben Te’o appears more likely than ever to leave the country following his omission from Eddie Jones’ squad.
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.
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.
Sonny Bill Set for Huge Post-RWC Offers
New Zealand veteran Sonny Bill Williams is in line to receive some massive offers once the Rugby World Cup finishes according to reports
The 34-year-old centre is expected to make his final appearance for the All Blacks this Friday when they take on Wales in the World Cup third-place play-off with his current contract with New Zealand Rugby set to expire once the tournament concludes.
However, according to the report Sonny Bill will not have to wait too long for more rugby as Rugby League side Toronto Wolfpack are preparing to offer him a two-year contract to play in Europe’s Super League, following their promotion to the top tier this year.
The club who are funded by Australian billionaire David Argyle and are in the market for a marquee signing ahead of the new season with the report claiming that they will offer Williams a massive $9.7 million contract.
If he moves it will see him return to league following his move to union previously, but when asked about his future during a press conference earlier today Williams refused to give away too many details instead stating fans would learn what’s to come sooner rather than later.
“Soon bro, soon, we’re just trying to finalise that,” he said in response to a question on clarifying his future.
There is a possibility that he may stay within rugby union as the report also says that a host of overseas teams are preparing to offer him deals to sign for them.
Sonny Bill and his New Zealand team will be keeping their eyes on this week’s bronze final, but fans will be hoping that he confirms his plans for the future soon as they want to know where they can see him showcase his talents once more.
White’s Future Finally Sorted Out
Wallabies scrum-half Nic White has confirmed what team he shall sign for come the end of his contract with Exeter
White has signed a two-year deal that will see him through until after the 2022 Super Rugby season with his former employers, whom he lined-out for previously between 2011 and 2015.
The 29-year-old has admitted that he is delighted to be moving home in a couple of years time but is looking forward to the remainder of his time with the Chiefs before then.
“The Brumbies is home for me, and Canberra is home for my family, so to know that my future is set and that I’ll be back at the Brumbies. It’s so exciting. Right now, I’m completely focused on the Rugby World Cup and the Wallabies, and I look forward to getting back to the Chiefs and ripping in with them, but again, knowing I’ll be returning to a place and a club I love is really special,” he said.
White re-signed with Rugby Australia in order to take part in this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and has since gone on to become the nations first-choice scrum-half ahead of Will Genia.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar is excited for White’s return and believes that he will bring a lot to the squad.
“We are thrilled to have Whitey returning to the Brumbies,” head coach, Dan McKellar commented. “He’s a world-class player, a player who demands very high standards of himself and expects the same of others. His work ethic, competitive nature and leadership will be so important to our squad when he returns,” he said.
During his first stint with the Aussie franchise he scored 162 points over 67 appearances before playing two seasons with French Top 14 outfit Montpellier and is currently starring for Exeter in the English Premiership.
Having made his Wallabies debut in 2013, he has gone on to feature in 29 tests and is set to play his 30th game for his country when they take on Uruguay on Friday where he is in the starting line-up as the Aussies look to end the pool stages with another win and having a chance to finish top of Pool C.
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
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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