Transfer Round-Up: Sarries sign centre, Smith joins third club in three months - Ruck

Transfer Round-Up: Sarries sign centre, Smith joins third club in three months

Our weekly round-up of rugby transfer rumours. All the latest speculation linking players with moves. Please remember these are internet rumours, gathered in one place for your convenience, not RUCK stories.

RUMOUR: Bristol Bears could be facing a fight to hang onto back row Nathan Hughes who has been offered to French clubs with his contract up at the end of the season. FULL STORY

SIGNED: Bath Rugby have announced experienced scrum-half Joe Simpson has joined the Blue, Black and Whites on an initial three-month loan from Gloucester. FULL STORY

STAYING: Hurricanes have confirmed that Pepesana Patafilo and Jackson Garden-Bachop have inked new contracts with the Super Rugby club for the 2022 season. FULL STORY

HOMECOMING: The Brumbies have signed injury-prone former Reds back Chris Feauai-Sautia, who returns from France, ahead of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season. FULL STORY

ADDITION: Saracens have signed former London Irish, London Scottish and Wasps centre Ross Neal on a short-term contract. FULL STORY

TRANSFER: Scotland international Blair Cowan has completed his move to Tokyo after leaving London Irish.

LIST: 5 huge transfers that are reportedly going to happen

#1. Finn Russell to Green Rockets Tokatsu

Ambitious Japanese rugby outfit Green Rockets Tokatsu are reportedly preparing a big-money move for Scotland internationalist Finn Russell, according to reports.

Japanese rugby is going through a rebranding and will be known as Japan Rugby League One for the 2022 campaign.

Ex-Australia coach Michael Cheika has been appointed by the Green Rockets as their new director of rugby, who are based in the city of Abiko and coached by Ryota Asano, and The Rugby Paper reports that Russell’s signature is at the top of Cheika’s wishlist.