In a report by news outlet Rapport, Roberts has been keen on a move for over a year now, having wanted to head to the Stormers last season, but it appears as though his wish might come true this time around.
The 97-cap Welsh international has found minutes hard to come by in Bath’s midfield and feels and with Stormers head coach John Dobson hinting at a possible new arrival last week it seems like Roberts could be the man.
It would make sense for the Stormers to sign player of Roberts quality in midfield as they are currently looking light in the centre due to injuries and departures.
Springbok centre and Rugby World Cup winner Damien de Allende tops the list of players to have left the franchise, moving to Japan to play for the Panasonic Wild Knights, while JJ Engelbrecht has also headed to Japan to play for the Sunwolves in their final Super Rugby season. While Dan Kriel left for rivals the Lions.
Of the current bunch Daniel du Plessis is injured and there is a chance that Ruhan Nel may be absent come the latter stages of the season as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics with the Blitzboks.
All and all Roberts would be a welcome addition, and could come up against another former Lions player in Ben Te’o, who joined the Sunwolves in the summer as the southern hemisphere teams look to Europe for top talent.
Clermont Eying Japanese Ace
Top 14 side Clermont are looking into the possibility of signing one of Japan’s Rugby World Cup stars come the end of the season according to reports
French Top 14 giants Clermont are lining up a move for Japan star winger Kotaro Matsushima at the end of the current season.
The flying winger gained a huge amount of admirers during last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, going on to finish joint-second in the try-scoring charts following a string of impressive performances for the host nation.
However, despite all the hype surrounding the 26-year-old he remained with Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath.
Reports in France are claiming that both Nick Abendanon and Remi Grosso are set to leave Clermont once the season ends and that they are seeking replacements for them already.
One report by rugbyrama.fr states that the club were originally interested in Racing 92’s Brice Bulin but that they have opted for Matsushima instead.
It would be a huge opportunity for the player if the move goes through and would be a massive addition to Clermont’s already star-studded side.
Springboks Ace Heads to the States
One of South Africa’s greatest ever players has confirmed that he will be playing in the US next season
Springbok legend Tendai Mtawarira has announced that he will continue his rugby journey in America with a move to Major League Rugby side Old Glory DC.
“The Beast” as he is well known, has been a standout performer for his country over the past decade, racking up a mammoth 117 international caps and ended his test career by lifting the Rugby World Cup with the Boks earlier this year.
Speaking on the move he admitted he can’t wait to get going in his new club and has big aims for them.
“I can’t wait to make an impact on and off the field and help to contribute to making Old Glory the best team in this league,” he said.
Mtawarira will be a welcome addition to the side having such a huge amount of experience behind him, including taking on the British and Irish Lions in 2009 as well as playing for the Barbarians.
His new coach Andrew Douglas is thrilled to have him on board for both his efforts on and off the pitch.
“It’s exciting to have one of the worlds best players here at Old Glory. As a coach, not only am I excited about what Tendai brings to the pitch, but also what he brings to our environment. He is an excellent professional and the values and character he brings will be important in raising the bar for the whole squad. To have a guy who has played 117 test matches yet is still so hard-working and humble can only be beneficial for us. The signing takes the league to another level,” he said.
Before now the 34-year-old was playing for South African-based Super Rugby outfit the Sharks and made over 200 appearances for them between Super Rugby and the Currie Cup and he will be hoping to add more impressive stats to his name in the US.
Tipuric to Decide Future Soon
Wales forward Justin Tipuric has confirmed that he will make an announcement on his club future within the near future
Wales back-row Justin Tipuric will confirm where his future lies shortly after being linked with a move to a number of high-profile clubs.
The 30-year-old have been committed to the Ospreys having made over 150 appearances for the Swansea-based side. However, his contract runs out come the end of the current season and there have been many rumours about a move away from Wales.
Speaking on the speculation Tipuric, who also has 73-tests to his name for his country, admitted that he will make an announcement shortly on his future and that even being linked with “big clubs” is an honour.
“A decision will be made in a few weeks or so. There has not been a decision made yet. At the minute I am just happy being back and back with the family after being away for so long. There are a lot of things it comes down to. In the background you have to make sure you are happy and ticking everything off. One thing I have always said is that I want to play rugby with a smile on my face. If I can keep doing that then I will be happy. I hear rumours and stuff. I am not into the social media side of it which is probably a good thing. I have people coming up to me and say I am signing for all sorts of clubs and it’s a bit crazy. To be rumoured with such high [profile] clubs is an honour,” he said.
If he decides to leave, the club that gets him will be taking in a player with a wealth of experience, having been to two Rugby World Cups, two British and Irish Lions tours, as well as his experiences in the Six Nations and at club-level.
The most talked about possibility is a move to English Premiership side the Bristol Bears, with reports claiming he would earn up to £500,000 a year, with the club looking to build something special over the next couple of seasons.
For now the flanker will be hoping to help his current side turn their season around, having struggled so far in his absence. However, he appears set to make his season debut for Ospreys this Saturday in their PRO14 clash with rivals the Cardiff Blues.
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