Prior to the start of the season, RUCK feature writer Owen Henderson predicted four Gallagher Premiership summer signings who will flop, including a British & Irish Lion.
A fair bit of business was done by Gallagher Premiership clubs this season. Not as much as in recent years, but there were some big signings nonetheless – some shrewd, some questionable.
Below, he predicted four players who we think might not live up to expectations. Some picks have definitely struggled so far at their new club.
Hopefully, they prove us wrong and make us look stupid.
#1. Adam Hastings (Gloucester)
- Age: 24
- Position: Fly-half
- Honours: Scotland, 22 caps
Following in the footsteps of a mercurial talent like Danny Cipriani, who was the Premiership player of the year in 2019, seems like a thankless position to be in for Hastings. He’s got all the tools to add some dynamism to Gloucester’s backline, but this is still a poor Gloucester team compared to recent years.
Will he crumble under the pressure in front of the Shed at Kingsholm? Being slightly controversial. we’re going to say yes. We’re also predicting he’ll be back at Glasgow before the 2023 World Cup following a difficult stint in the English top flight.
DID YOU KNOW? He started his professional rugby union career with Bath, signing for their academy in 2014