From bizarre temporary purchases by big clubs to established international players getting experience in the lower leagues: these are the short-term signings we’ve all dismissed from memory.
1. OWEN FARRELL TO BEDFORD BLUES
In the 2010–11 season, Farrell signed for Bedford Blues on a brief loan, scoring 11 points in four outings.
However he returned to Saracens and was pivotal in the 2010–11 Aviva Premiership Final, kicking five penalties and converting James Short’s try, ending with a personal haul of 17 points in the 22–18 victory over reigning champions Leicester Tigers.