Rugby Transfer News and Rumours Round-Up: 02/05/2020 - Ruck

Rugby Transfer News and Rumours Round-Up: 02/05/2020

Round-up of rugby transfer rumours. All the latest speculation linking players with moves. Please remember these are internet rumours, gathered in one place for your convenience, not RUCK stories.

CONFIRMED | The Bulls have confirmed the signing of former Springbok prop Marcel van der Merwe after his stint with French Top 14 club Toulon. | FULL STORY

RUMOUR | that London Irish loosehead prop Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is being linked with a return to his former club Northampton Saints.

RUMOUR | It’s understood that the 2019 European Player of the Year, Alex Goode, has agreed terms on a season-long loan move to Japan. | FULL STORY

DEAL OFF | Another of the Saracens squad considered to be a fringe Test candidate, centre Alex Lozowski, may not be moving after all. He was on course to go to London Irish on loan, but that plan has fallen through as clubs are suffering major financial upheaval due to an abrupt loss of income.

RUMOUR |  There are continuing doubts about Maro Itoje’s future. The Lions lock had sought approval for a season-long loan deal at Racing 92 in Paris, but the move was vetoed. He’s reportedly still pursuing this deal.

RUMOUR | Wasps’ English lock Charlie Matthews is set for a career move to the Top League, where stable wages are drawing more and more interest from these parts.

Full List Of 52 Gallagher Premiership Players Out Of Contract At End Of Season

Gallagher Premiership players have been left in limbo with the season on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, with at least 53 of them due to become free agents at the end of June.

We’ve not included players who have confirmed a move elsewhere or have announce they’ll retire.

With some clubs not releasing contract lengths, the figure is probably much higher. Very worrying.

Bath Rugby (10)

  • Henry Thomas
  • Tom Homer
  • Matt Garvey
  • Josh Matavesi
  • Will Chudley
  • Aled Brew
  • Max Green
  • Alex Davies
  • Jackson Willison
  • Levi Douglas

Bristol Bears (9)

  • Shaun Malton
  • Luke Daniels
  • Jake Armstrong
  • Joe Batley
  • Sam Graham
  • Tom Lindsay
  • Jordan Lay
  • James Lay
  • Adrian Choat
  • Ryan Edwards
  • Ollie Dawe

Exeter Chiefs (5)

Exeter Chiefs player Matt Kvesic during the warm up before the Gallagher Premiership rugby game between Sale Sharks and Exeter Chiefs at JW Bell Stadium on March 2nd – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK
  • Matt Kvesic
  • Gareth Steenson
  • Phil Dollman
  • Stan South
  • James Short

Gloucester (4)

  • Owen Williams
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Charlie Sharples
  • Matt Banahan