WHICH international rugby players throughout Europe could be available for nothing when their contracts expire at the end of the season?
1. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
According to RUCK sources, the Italy legend could continue his professional career in 2020/21 after London Irish offered him a lucrative one-year contract. Talks between the club and player are thought to be early but have been described as ‘positive’. Parisse left Stade Francais last summer, signing a one-year contract with three-time European champions Toulon.
2. Matt Kvesic (England)
The England flanker has reportedly “agreed a deal” to return to boyhood club Worcester Warriors. Kvesic headed to Gloucester having emerged through the academy at Sixways, before moving to Sandy Park. According to The Rugby Paper, the 27-year-old’s availability has been pounced upon by Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons.
3. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
His international career could be over as he looks set to leave Scarlets to join Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. The New Zealand-born player qualified on residency grounds after joining Scarlets in 2014.
4. Paul Hill (England)
The Northampton Saints prop is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to depart Franklin’s Gardens. Bath is where he’ll end up, according to The Rugby Paper.
5. Chris Robshaw (England)
Having already announced that he’s leaving Harlequins, it was thought that the former England captain, who win 66 caps between 2008 and 2016, would be heading across the pond to play Major League Rugby. However, with that move under threat, he could end up anywhere.