"Signed" - Manu Tuilagi agrees one-year contract to stay in the Premiership - Ruck

“Signed” – Manu Tuilagi agrees one-year contract to stay in the Premiership

Rugby fans, rejoice! England centre Manu Tuilagi is set to sign a contract that will keep him with Premiership team Sale Sharks for another year.

The news was reported by The Rugby Paper and is expected to be confirmed in the coming days. Tuilagi, who will turn 32 next month, has been a valuable asset for Sale since joining the club in July 2020 on an initial one-year deal.

Tuilagi has been a key player for the Sharks, helping them to reach second place in the Premiership table. He has been linked with moves to France and Japan when his current contract expires at the end of the season, but it appears that he has opted to stay in the UK for at least another year.

The signing will come as a boost for England boss Steve Borthwick, who will be losing some of his key players after the World Cup. Jack Willis and Sam Simmonds are among those who will be departing, making Tuilagi’s decision to stay with Sale all the more important.

Manu Tuilagi will likely leave Sale Sharks this summer

Tuilagi made his debut for Leicester Tigers in 2010 and went on to spend 11 seasons at Welford Road, where he won two Premiership titles. He has also been a regular fixture in the England national team, earning 43 caps and scoring 16 tries.

The extension of Tuilagi’s contract is undoubtedly good news for Sale Sharks fans, who have seen their team go from strength to strength under the leadership of director of rugby Alex Sanderson.

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#1. David Ribbans

Northampton Saints have confirmed that the forward will depart the Club at the end of the 2022/23 season. Reports suggest he will join Toulon.

The 27-year-old lock has pulled on the Black, Green and Gold jersey 115 times to date, starting 98 matches for Northampton and scoring 17 tries so far.

“As a coaching group, we are very proud of the progress Dave has made during his time at Saints,” said Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

“He arrived in Northampton as a 21-year-old without many Super Rugby appearances to his name. He will leave as a fully-fledged England international and a proven performer in the Gallagher Premiership, one of the most attritional and competitive leagues in the world.

“You always want to create an environment for players where they can work hard, thrive, win matches and be successful on the international stage. Sometimes, that means players become attractive propositions for other clubs.

“Dave leaves to pursue a playing opportunity in France next season. It’s disappointing to lose a player of his calibre, and we were surprised Dave wanted to leave the Club at this time.

“But he is of course a professional, and will be putting all his efforts in his final months in Northampton to ensure the team is as successful as possible. We will wish him well after that.”

David Ribbans of England during the Autumn Nations International Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham, London on 26 November 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

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