Rugby Rumours: Cockerill to the Pro 12, Tigers spending again

Richard Cockerill looks set to take over as the new head coach of Pro 12 side Edinburgh after a dramatic turn of events. The former Leicester chief, who is currently working with Mike Ford at Toulon, now has an official offer to take over according to Neil Fissler’s ‘On The Blindside’. (The Rugby Paper)
Jason Woodward is still wanted by Gloucester as they look to strengthen their depleted backline. Captain Greig Laidlaw and James Hook both leave the Cherry & Whites at the end of the season. (Numerous)
Leicester Tigers are continuing to spend and are now poised to announce the signing of Gloucester’s Tongan international Sione Kalamafoni. The back-rower’s move to Welford Road is likely to be confirmed this week. (The Rugby Paper) 
Bristol could be left paying All Black Steve Luatua £650,000 a season even if they are relegated to the Championship.
They are also still exploring the possibility of adding more All Blacks, with the club still linked to both Ryan Crotty and TJ Penarara.
Norhampton haven’t given up on signing Dan Biggar as they look to add a world-class fly-half to their ranks. (Numerous)
Meanwhile, Saints’ scrum-half Lee Dickson is rumoured to be moving to Sale Sharks next season. (Numerous)
Ospreys centre John Matavesi wants to move back to the Aviva Premiership with his former club Worcester and Newcastle interested in his services. (Numerous)
The Falcons are also hot on the trail of England U20 star George Nott. The 21-year-old lock, who is out of contract with Sale at the end of the season, is top of Dean Richards shortlist after capturing France centre Maxime Mermoz earlier this week. (The Rugby Paper)
Stuart Lancaster is to extend stay with Leinster after fitting in well at the Irish province (Numerous)
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