REPORTS | Carl Fearns has joined his next club after turning down Bath return
Powerful number eight Carl Fearns has once again rejected a Gallagher Premiership return in favour of staying in France.
The back-rower previously backed out of a move to Gloucester in favour of remaining with Lyon in 2017, with the French side having to pay the Premiership club compensation to keep hold of their star.
Now 30, the 6’3, 19 stone 4Ibs No.8m who is out of contract with the Top 14 side this summer, had been linked with a move to Bath or Northampton Saints.
✍️ Recrutement 20/21
Carl FEARNS, 3ème ligne du @LeLOURugby 🐺 posera ses valises pour 2 saisons au RNR !
Carl apportera toute sa détermination et son expérience pour aider le club à continuer de grandir 👍
Souhaitez lui la bienvenue en Normandie ! pic.twitter.com/URWBkCKAxO
— Rouen Normandie Rugby (@RouenNdieRugby) May 18, 2020
However, Fearns, who is happy and settled with his young family across the Channel, has signed for Rouen Normandie Rugby on an initial two-year contract.
Despite being one of the best English No.8’s over the past five years, he has never been capped due to him playing his trade overseas.
LIST | 5 hilarious Jason Leonard stories
England legend Jason Leonard has told many great stories down the years.
Here are some of our favourites.
1. ‘I didn’t do it’
Just before we headed out to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, all the players agreed on a booze ban when coach Jack Rowell discovered that someone had come in at 2am. He accused me at training the next day and I flatly denied it. As I told Martin Bayfield standing next to me: “It couldn’t have been me Bayf – I didn’t get in until 4am.” Poor Bayf just burst out laughing.