Newcastle Falcons: Radike Samo
Falcons announced in May 2004 that the Brumbies loose forward had signed on a two-year deal, believed to be worth £150,000 per season. However, the recently-capped Wallaby got cold feet and pulled out of the move claiming he’d only ever signed a letter of intent. Rob Andrew was adamant at the time that agreement to join the Falcons was binding.
Northampton Saints: James Haskell
It didn’t really work for the big man at Franklin’s Gardens after he joined from Wasps in 2018. Five appearances during an injury-ravaged season proved to be the 77-cap England flankers final season as a professional rugby player.
Sale Sharks: Richie Gray
This signing had every Sale fan very excited with the Scottish powerhouse penning a three-year contract.
However, the giant Scot would only stay for one season, playing 16 underwhelming matches, scoring one try before joining French club Castres. Never had such a big man, done so little.
Saracens: Gavin Henson
What can you say about this man that hasn’t already been said? Henson had not played professional Rugby for 18 months before joining Sarries in 2010 but was an exciting addition nevertheless with the 33-cap Wales international making his debut on boxing day.
After failing to break into the team regularly, Henson secured the release from his contract in February 2011 and joined Toulon shortly after.
A deal that offered so much, but delivered nothing.