Summer signings XV: the best Premiership transfers for next season so far
We have seen an unprecedented number of World stars coming to England to ply their trade as well as big names moving to their Premiership rivals, let’s see just how good a side could be with the best of the bunch.
Let’s see just how good a side could be with the best of the bunch.
FULLBACK: ALEX LEWINGTON (LONDON IRISH TO SARACENS)
Sarries have agreed a deal to sign London Irish speedster Lewington at the end of the season. The 26-year-old has scored 24 tries in 63 matches for the Exiles since joining the Berkshire-based club from Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2013.
WINGER: NATHAN EARLE (SARACENS TO HARLEQUINS)
He started for England against the Barbarians in May last year and was part of the squad which toured Argentina last summer, although he did not feature for Eddie Jones’ side. A very exciting talent.
OUTSIDE-CENTRE: JAMIE ROBERTS (HARLEQUINS TO BATH)
Capped 94 times by Wales, Roberts featured in the 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions tours and will arrive in the West Country following three years with Harlequins. The hugely experienced centre started his career with Cardiff RFC before joining Cardiff Blues in 2007. After making over 80 appearances for the Welsh outfit, Roberts spent two seasons with French Top 14 side Racing Metro.
INSIDE-CENTRE: LIMA SOPOAGA (HIGHLANDERS TO WASPS)
Sopoaga is filling in at centre as we’re in need of creativity in the midfield, especially with Roberts at 13. The 26-year-old, who has played 16 Tests for the All Blacks, has effectively ruled himself out of selection for the 2019 World Cup. Sopoaga was part of New Zealand’s U20 side that retained the junior IRB World Championship title in 2011, where he appeared alongside back-rower Brad Shields, with whom he will be reunited at Wasps next season.
WINGER: ALEX CUTHBERT (CARDIFF BLUES TO EXETER CHIEFS)
He’s joined the Chiefs on a three-year deal. Cuthbert, who toured Australia with the British and Irish Lions in 2013, will complete his move to Sandy Park from Cardiff Blues at the end of the season. The move means the 27-year-old will no longer be available for Wales selection due to new rules announced last year.