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Veteran Wallabies Duo Heading to Japan

Quade Cooper and Will Genia are jetting off to Japan for the 2020 season

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Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels duo Quade Cooper and Will Genia have signed for Japanese tier two side Kintetsu Liners the club have confirmed.

The pair who have previously played together at the Queensland Reds, as well as the Rebels and in the national side will continue on parallel pathways in the Top Challenge League.

Genia is excited about the move and has ambitions of making the team the best in Japan.

“My aim is to do my best and, through my play, I would like to make this the number one team in Japan,” he said.

While Cooper has set similar targets, as he wants to bring the Liners back to the Top League before pushing on for further glory.

“I will work hard to take the team back to Top League. When we reach the Top League, then I want to contribute more again at that stage. I want to challenge rugby in Japan, and I can still contribute on the pitch,” he said.

Genia will be available for the club come the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup in Japan. However, Cooper, who was left out of the Wallabies Rugby Championship squad, much to the dislike of Wallabies fans, could be able to link up with his new teammates as soon as September.

The pair are the latest top international stars to confirm their departure to Japanese shores after the World Cup, with fellow Wallaby David Pocock also on the way.

Meanwhile All Blacks such as Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick and Ryan Crotty along with Springbok Duane Vermeulen are all heading to Japan for the 2020 season.

The country’s domestic league seasons will begin at the later time of January due to the country hosting the World Cup.

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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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