8 surprising loan spells you’ve almost certainly forgotten about
4. JOE LAUNCHBURY TO ROSSLYN PARK
Having joined from Worthing in 2010, he was named in Wasps’ Academy squad for the 2010–11 season but also joined National League 1 side Rosslyn Park on loan to gain senior experience, making six appearances for the historic club.
Having played the first half of the season for the A team and out on loan, Launchbury made his Wasps’ debut on 30 January 2011 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Harlequins as a replacement, scoring a try in a 38–13 defeat.
5. MAXIME MERMOZ TO LEICESTER TIGERS
The centre had already agreed on a permanent switch to Premiership rivals Newcastle Falcons at the end of the season, making his loan move to Leicester unexpected in January 2017.
He joined as an injury cover for Matt Toomua and Manu Tuilagi who were sidelined for the rest of the season.
The France international made his debut against Gloucester off the bench coming in for Matt Smith in the 51st minute and he scored his first try 30 minutes later.
6. PETER STRINGER TO NEWCASTLE FALCONS
Following a brief loan spell at Saracens in December 2011, the Munster and Ireland scrum-half subsequently joined the Newcastle Falcons on loan until the end of the season in February 2012.
Despite the playmakers best efforts, the North East side was relegated after finishing bottom of the pile, just one point below Wasps.