Summer signings XV: the best Premiership transfers for next season so far

LOCK: DOM BARROW (LEICESTER TO NORTHAMPTON) 

Barrow has since signed for La Rochelle on a short-term deal as a medical joker, but will then move to Franklin’s Gardens at the end of the current campaign. The towering, Sheffield-born lock began his rugby career in Yorkshire Carnegie’s academy, but, after a two-year stint with Newcastle Falcons, he has now made over 50 appearances for Tigers. Barrow was shortlisted for Young Player and Newcomer of the Year in his debut season at Welford Road, before being nominated for Supporters’ Player of the Year in 2017.


LOCK: TAQELE NAIYARAVORO (NORTHAMPTON SAINTS) 

The 26-year-old Fiji-born back will join the Premiership side in time for the 2018-19 campaign. He scored nine tries in 22 games while at Glasgow in 2015-16 and scored against England in his most recent international appearance in June 2016. He may be a winger but he’s also 6ft 5in and played there before.


FLANKER: BRAD SHIELDS (HURRICANES TO WASPS) 

Shields was labelled ‘England’s next number six’ after he starred in the Hurricanes’ 50-19 Super Rugby victory over the Rebels. His parents, Danielle and Nigel, were born in England before relocating to the southern hemisphere as youngsters – and returned to the country a few years ago. The flanker, who turns 27 on Tuesday, has made no secret of his international ambitions when he relocates to Coventry


FLANKER: GUY THOMPSON (WASPS TO LEICESTER) 

Head coach Matt O’Connor believes that the versatility of the 31-year-old will give him added back-row options at Welford Road. The 31-year-old back-rower has appeared over 90 times since joining Wasps from Jersey in 2013 and has scored 24 tries.


NUMBER 8: DAVID DENTON (WORCESTER TO LEICESTER)

Denton, who is 28, first came to prominence during a spell with Edinburgh before moving to Bath in the Aviva Premiership and then switching to Sixways for this season. He made his debut ahead of the World Cup in 2011 and has gone on to earn 30 caps for Scotland.

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