Rugby Union Today: Player and coaching movement

Date published: May 14 2019

Another busy day in the rugby union game as player and coaching movement dominated the news, including Sale signing two more South African forwards from the Sharks, this time on loan deals.

What’s on the site

Sale Sharks continue to raid the South African player market with loan deals for back-row duo Jean-Luc and Dan du Preez.

In the PRO14 there is a new arrival set to join Ulster as versatile Highlanders back Matt Faddes signs for the Belfast outfit.

Coaching wise the Dragons have appointed Dean Ryan as their director of rugby while Franco Smith is the next Italy coach.

What’s in the news

Tom Prydie, Steff Hughes and Paul Asquith have all signed contract extensions at the Scarlets, the region confirmed today.

The Bulls are set to lose Springbok Handre Pollard to Montpellier next season, but there will be a return for Morne Steyn.

What’s on social media

Saracens full-back Alex Goode’s three-day celebration after helping his side win the 2019 Champions Cup is finally over…

What’s on TV

It is back to domestic duties for the European clubs, with BT Sport showing the final round of the Premiership season. The games all kick-off at the same time, meaning there are just two live matches, as Wasps face Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs host Northampton Saints.

Meanwhile, the PRO14 play-offs continue on Premier Sports as Glasgow take on Ulster and arch-rivals Leinster and Munster go head-to-head. There is also the Champions Cup qualification encounter where Ospreys and Scarlets battle for a place in Europe’s top-tier competition.

On Sky Sports, just five weeks remain of the regular Super Rugby campaign and it starts with the Jaguares visiting Wellington to play the Hurricanes on Friday.