RUCK RUGBY takes a look at all the latest transfer stories with their rugby Transfer Round-Up.
English wing Anthony Watson has inked a fresh deal with Leicester Tigers. The 29-year-old, who was sidelined during the Rugby Union World Cup due to a calf injury, was part of the Tigers squad in the previous season. FULL STORY
Former England star Piers Francis will be leaving Bath Rugby to join Kurita Water Gush Akishima Rugby Club in Japan. The 33-year-old back, who joined the Blue, Black and White from Northampton Saints, has decided to take on a new challenge overseas after spending just over a year at the southwest club. FULL STORY
Rumours persist that former fly-half Danny Cipriani could be Wasps first signing if the club returns for the 2024/25 season when the club wants to return to professional rugby. FULL STORY
In a surprising twist of events, an intriguing piece of news emerged regarding the former Welsh international star, Leigh Halfpenny. He has made the decision to join the reigning Super Rugby Pacific champions, the Crusaders, for the upcoming season. FULL STORY
Ex-Newcastle, Bath and Leicester scrum-half Micky Young has joined Gloucester. The 34-year-old has agreed a short-term deal at Kingsholm to add experience at nine after Caolan Englefield injured his shoulder in September. FULL STORY
According to The Rugby Paper, Nick Isiekwe, the England lock, has recently committed to a new contract extension with Premiership champions Saracens that will see him stay with the team beyond the conclusion of his current contract, which expires at the end of the season. FULL STORY
Reports from both the UK and France suggest that Toulon has initiated a double recruitment effort targeting England’s World Cup squad members Kyle Sinckler and Lewis Ludlam. The French club aims to entice both players to the Cote d’Azur once their current contracts expire next summer under the leadership of Steve Borthwick. FULL STORY
In a stunning move, All Blacks skipper and co-captain of the Chiefs, Sam Cane, has made the decision to sit out next year’s Super Rugby Pacific competition, opting instead to take a short-term deal in Japan. FULL STORY
Argentina flier Mateo Carreras is into his final season under contract with the Newcastle Falcons. The season will be followed by Carreras moving from the English Premiership to the French Top 14. Canal+ Rugby report that Bayonne have signed Mateo Carreras on a three-year-deal.
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Richest Rugby Players:
6. Owen Farrell (England) – £2.6m
The Farrell family currently resides in Hertfordshire, England, where they lead a private and family-oriented life, away from the glare of the public eye. While Georgie may choose to stay out of the limelight, her presence and support have undoubtedly played a significant role in Owen’s success, both on and off the rugby field.
Their net worth is reported to be around £2.58m.
5. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand) – £11.6m
Despite his early exit from Toronto, the two-time Rugby World Cup winner still finds himself on the list. Starring in multiple sports; rugby league, rugby union and boxing, Williams has been in demand and has made good money down the years from numerous huge contracts.
Sonny Bill Facts:
- His actual full name is Sonny William Williams
- Williams’s younger sister, Niall, is a New Zealand former international touch football captain and current New Zealand rugby sevens player
- He was only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league
- Williams is one of only 21 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice
- He onverted to Islam in 2009, while in France playing for Toulon