"Queue of clubs" - Four players linked with London Irish exit prior to suspension - Ruck

“Queue of clubs” – Four players linked with London Irish exit prior to suspension

According to recent reports, clubs are swiftly moving this week to acquire the top talent from London Irish after their suspension.

London Irish, given until Tuesday to secure a takeover or face suspension, will be unable to participate in any league matches in the upcoming season.

During the 2022-23 season, Irish achieved a respectable fifth-place finish in the Premiership, and a US consortium had been in talks to acquire the club.

However, the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body, confirmed that the proposed takeover did not come to fruition.

In the past week, several sources have linked numerous players with immediate departures from the club.


#1. Lovejoy Chawatama – Bristol Bears

The Rugby Paper suggests that Bristol may make an offer to sign Lovejoy Chawatama, a 30-year-old tighthead prop from Zimbabwe.

Chawatama, the Zimbabwean athlete who gained renown as the Zimbabwe Sports Personality of the Year in 2017, became a member of the Exiles team after leaving London Welsh in that very year.

Standing at an impressive height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighing 18 stone, this formidable prop forward has accumulated a commendable record of 75 appearances for London Irish. His arrival at Bristol Rugby Club presents an opportunity to bolster their ranks with his wealth of experience in the number three jersey.

This acquisition is particularly valuable as the team will face the absence of their first-choice tighthead, Kyle Sinckler, who is committed to England throughout the upcoming season.