Exeter Chiefs set to complete marquee signing, Wallabies star inbound - Ruck

Exeter Chiefs set to complete marquee signing, Wallabies star inbound

The Wallabies are facing potential centre dilemmas as Hunter Paisami, a pivotal player, contemplates a shift to the Gallagher Premiership, escalating concerns for Australian rugby.

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Reported by The Roar, the 26-year-old Paisami is seriously contemplating a transfer to Exeter, with the English club, led by Rob Baxter, presenting an enticing proposal to snatch the experienced 26-Test Wallaby from Ballymore.

Despite not being the tallest or heaviest, Paisami’s formidable presence on the field is undeniable. Drawing inspiration from his father’s mantra, “Size doesn’t matter, it’s all about the heart,” Paisami asserts his prowess, stating, “My mindset is I act like I am as big as other centres. Even though I am not as big or as heavy, I believe I am and therefore I play like I am.”

Born into a rugby-centric family in Auckland with Samoan roots, Paisami’s journey to rugby stardom has been characterized by resilience and talent. Starting with tag rugby, he transitioned to contact football at the age of nine under his father’s guidance. His talent quickly gained recognition, representing Auckland at various levels before catching the eye of talent scouts.

In 2016, Paisami made his debut for Harlequins, marking the beginning of a promising career. The following year saw him achieving milestones, including an undefeated Dewar Shield premiership victory, representing Samoa at the World Rugby U20s Championship, and making his mark with Melbourne Rising in the NPC.

His relocation to Brisbane in 2019 further elevated his career, showcasing his skills with Wests and Brisbane City, ultimately leading to a deal with Queensland. His debut for the Reds in 2020 paved the way for his first Wallaby cap, solidifying his status as a key player for Australian rugby.

While Paisami is celebrated for his defensive prowess, former Wallaby attack coach Scott Wisemantel highlights the multifaceted nature of his game. Beyond his hard-hitting tackles, Paisami possesses a nuanced skill set, including kicking off both feet and a deft passing game. The aim is to evolve Paisami into a triple threat on the field, capable of running, passing, and kicking with finesse.

As Paisami contemplates a potential move to Exeter, Australian rugby faces the prospect of losing a valuable asset, further exacerbating the ongoing challenges in the Wallabies’ centre position.

Every confirmed Premiership transfer for next season – including Owen Farrell and Courtney Lawes

As the Gallagher Premiership gears up for another thrilling season, clubs are already strategizing their player acquisitions and departures in anticipation of the challenges ahead.

This comprehensive guide aims to keep fans abreast of all the transfer movements across every club in the league, tracking both incoming signings and outgoing departures.

Stay tuned for regular updates as the countdown to the new season begins, ensuring you’re fully informed on all the latest transfer activity shaping the landscape of the Gallagher Premiership.

Scroll down to explore the latest transfers across the league.

Bath Rugby

Players In:

  • Ross Molony from Leinster
  • Francois van Wyk from Leicester Tigers
  • Guy Pepper from Newcastle Falcons
  • Austin Emens from Great Britain Sevens

Players Out:

  • Matt Gallagher to Benetton
  • Steffan Emanuel to Cardiff
  • Johannes Jonker to Grenoble

Bristol Bears

Players In:

  • Viliame Mata from Edinburgh
  • Kofi Cripps from Clifton
  • Lovejoy Chawatama from Harlequins
  • Steele Barker from Cornish Pirates
  • Tom Doughty from Doncaster Knights
  • Sam Edwards from Leicester Tigers

Players Out:

  • Callum Sheedy to Cardiff
  • Tom Bowen to Cardiff
  • Kyle Sinckler to Toulon
  • Magnus Bradbury to Edinburgh

Exeter Chiefs

Players In:

  • Jimmy Roots from Ealing Trailfinders

Players Out:

  • Patrick Schickerling to Glasgow Warriors
  • Aidon Davis to Cheetahs
  • Alec Hepburn to Scarlets