TRANSFER | Homer turned down Bath and Leicester to join hometown club

The former Bath fullback reportedly had a medical with London Irish yesterday ahead of a move to the club where his career began.

According to The Rugby Paper, Tom Homer rejected the opportunity to re-join Bath or sign for Leicester Tigers in favour of joining his hometown club.

The 30-year-old started his career with Exiles, signing his first professional contract with the club in 2008 before going onto make 113 appearances, scoring 767 points in the next seven years.

He then joined Bath, where he’d spend the next five years before departing last month.

Homer is a composed, intelligent fullback, who is as staunch a defender as he is an attacking threat, and with his kicking ability – from hand and from the tee – he should prove to be an excellent signing.

London Irish are also closing in on signing 100-cap Wallaby Rob Simmons.

The 31-year-old, who can also play in the back-row, won his 100th international cap against Georgia in Shizuoka at the Rugby World Cup in Japan last October.

Simmons has has spent the last two seasons playing for the Waratahs after spending the majority of his career in Queensland, making over 100 Super Rugby appearances for the Reds.

LONDON IRISH TRANSFERS

Players in: Rob Simmons (Rumoured), Tom Homer (Rumoured)

Players out: Belgium Tuatagaloa (Rouen), Barney Maddison (Ealing Trailfinders), Will Partington (Hartpury College), Dave Porecki (Waratahs), Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints), Stephen Myler (Ospreys), Scott Steele (Harlequins), Franco van der Merwe (released), Pat Cilliers (released), Saia Fainga’a (released), Tom Stephenson (released), Bryce Campbell (released), Aliveriti Veitokani (released), Sam Collingridge (released), Jack Beltcher (released), Finlay Rossiter (released).

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