4. Carl Fearns | Lyon to Gloucester
Fearns’ incredible form in France had raised hopes of an England call-up and the bruising flanker was on the lookout for a move home.
Gloucester looked set to be his destination in 2017 until the Liverpudlian got wind that Eddie Jones didn’t rate him, and did a U-turn, delivering the sort of hammer blow that once floored Gavin Henson.
Fearns re-signed for Lyon instead with the French club having to pay a fee to the Cherry & whites to keep their own player.