We bring you a round-up of the rumours doing the rounds in rugby union, including Kieran Read’s possible new club and the European transfer news.
— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) January 7, 2019
Remaining with the All Blacks and Ryan Crotty is also destined for Japan, according to RNZ, with Aaron Smith and Dane Coles linked there as well.
In England there’s plenty of rumours with clubs now talking to players ahead of next season. Rugby Inside Line are tweeting that Newcastle lock Will Witty is being eyed by Exeter. They also believe that Tom Lawday could leave the Chiefs while Glen Young is wanted by Harlequins.
TRANSFER RUMOUR: Hearing that Newcastle second row Will Witty has been linked to Exeter Chiefs.
This is in addition to rumours of Calum Green to Tigers and Glen Young to Quins. pic.twitter.com/tTAE32KEHR
— RugbyInsideLine (@RugbyInsideLine) January 7, 2019
TRANSFER RUMOURS: Hearing that Exeter’s Tom Lawday and Newcastle’s Glen Young will likely be moving to Harlequins next season. pic.twitter.com/5nTVhoqTQM
— RugbyInsideLine (@RugbyInsideLine) January 3, 2019
Speaking of Harlequins and the same source tweet that impressive back-row Jack Clifford is wanted by Exeter in what would be a major arrival.
TRANSFER RUMOUR: Hearing that Jack Clifford has been in talks with Exeter Chiefs about a potential move for next season. pic.twitter.com/i27Ztc0Ixs
— RugbyInsideLine (@RugbyInsideLine) January 4, 2019
The Rugby Paper meanwhile highlight that Leicester Tigers are looking to sign Rob and Jean-Luc du Preez after already securing brother Dan.
The same newspaper also believe that Harlequins wing Charlie Walker could be in line for a return to Leicester Tigers at the end of 2018/19.
Rugby Pass meanwhile are reporting that former Ulster and current Perpignan fly-half Paddy Jackson is closing in on a move to London Irish.
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) January 7, 2019
Meanwhile, fly-half Ian Keatley is being linked with a departure from Munster at the end of the PRO14 season, according to the Limerick Leader.
In other news Ulster have denied that prop Wiehahn Herbst is heading back to South Africa to join the Bulls ahead of the Super Rugby season. Meanwhile, one confirmed arrival ahead of the southern hemisphere club season sees former Sharks lock Stephan Lewies sign up for the Lions.
The Lions Rugby Company welcomes lock Stephan Lewies as he joins the Emirates Lions for Vodacom Super Rugby 2019. Lewies started training with the Super Rugby squad this week.#LionsPride pic.twitter.com/XnJfu0bQS4
— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) January 8, 2019