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8 of the Biggest Transfers That Never Happened

​There are always a few rugby tales of the big transfers that were tipped to take place and change the landscape of the rugby world forever but never materialised.

Here are a few of the biggest transfers that almost happened, but didn’t.

1. David Pocock to Wasps

Hot on the heels of landing fly half Danny Cipriani for next season, Wasps reportedly made an audacious attempt to bring David Pocock to the Premiership in a potential deal that would make the Australia flanker the highest paid rugby player in the world. According to The Telegraph, they would offer him a package in excess of the £1.4 million. This would have been one of the biggest transfers ever.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 10: David Pocock of Australia leaves the field during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 10, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

2. Jonny Wilkinson to Lyon 

French Top 14 club Lyon reportedly sounded out England rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson over a potential short-term move back in 2015. Despite reports that Lyon was set to offer the World Cup winning fly-half a deal that would have made him one of the league’s top earners, the former Toulon playmaker ‘politely refused’ the offer. Would have been great to see him do his stuff one more time.

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