Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond responds to Stuart Hogg transfer rumours - Ruck

Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond responds to Stuart Hogg transfer rumours

Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond has responded to a report yesterday that suggested former Scotland captain Stuart Hogg has held talks with North East club.

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Hogg, who has faced legal and personal challenges since retiring from the sport at the end of last season, was seen in the North-East this week, where it is understood he spoke to the Falcons about a potential deal according to Rugby Pass..

Scotland’s all-time leading try scorer is set to face trial in July after pleading not guilty to a domestic charge of acting in an abusive manner towards the mother of his four children.

The report indicates that while no agreement has been reached and a move appears unlikely at this stage, the possibility for further talks remains open later in the summer.

However, Falcons boss Diamond moved to dismiss the reports, suggesting there is ‘no truth whatsoever’ to the story.

Highest-paid rugby players in the world:

The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)