Transfer News: London Irish’s Joe Cokanasiga to join Premiership rivals on season-long loan

Joe Cokanasiga is to join Bath on a season-long loan from relegated London Irish.

He will be the first of a number of players given the chance to continue playing in the Aviva Premiership while the club battles to regain its top-flight status.

Irish, who finish their campaign at Bath on Saturday, are already resigned to losing Alex Lewington and Tom Woolstencroft to Saracens and Ben Franks to Northampton, while Johnny Williams has agreed to join Newcastle.

Brian Facer, the Irish CEO told ESPN that budgets are in place for a two-year strategy. He explained: “When Newcastle were relegated they did a very clever thing in loaning out some of their top players so that when they came back into the Premiership they had a good squad in place.

“We have to do that kind of thing and we are having those discussions with key players who have options in their contracts at the moment.”

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