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Premiership ins and outs - Rugby - Guinness Prem
Rugby - Guinness Prem

Premiership ins and outs

It has been a busy summer in the rugby transfer market, with several clubs making wholesale changes to their playing staff and others appointing new head coaches.

Newcastle, Sale and Saracens appear to be most changed of the 12 Premiership clubs, but the reality is that there have been a large number of comings and goings at most of the sides.

Gloucester, Harlequins, Sale, Saracens and Wasps also have new head coaches, while Leicester and Newcastle have confirmed the appointments of Richard Cockerill and Steve Bates respectively.

BATH

Head coach: Steve Meehan

Captain: Michael Claassens

Players in:

Olly Barkley (Gloucester), Nicky Little, Matt Carraro (Waratahs), Julian Salvi (Brumbies), Ben Skirving (Saracens), Luke Watson (Western Province), David Wilson (Newcastle).

Players out:

Shaun Berne (Leinster), Alex Crockett (resigned), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Gloucester), Chris Goodman (Bedford), Justin Harrison (retired), Andrew Higgins (resigned), Paulica Ion (London Irish), Robbie Kydd (released), Michael Lipman (resigned), Laurence Ovens (Newcastle), James Scaysbrook (Exeter).

GLOUCESTER

Head coach: Bryan Redpath

Captain: Gareth Delve/Mike Tindall

Players in:

Pierre Capdevielle (Brive), Paul Doran-Jones (London Welsh), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Bath), Tim Molenaar (Nottingham), Nicky Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Tom Voyce (Wasps).

Players out:

Jack Adams (Bristol), Anthony Allen (Leicester), Iain Balshaw (Biarritz), Olly Barkley (Bath), Gareth Cooper (Cardiff Blues), Jack Forster (Sale Sharks), Mark Foster (Exeter), Ryan Lamb (London Irish), Carlos Nieto (Saracens), Dan Norton (Bristol), Willie Walker (Worcester), David Young (Edinburgh).

HARLEQUINS

Head coach: John Kingston

Captain: Will Skinner

Players in:

John Andress (Exeter), Gonzalo Camacho (Argentina), Rory Clegg (Newcastle), Karl Dickson (Bedford), Josh Drauniniu (Exeter), James Johnston (Samoa), Lewis Stevenson (Exeter).

Players out:

Charlie Amesbury (Newcastle), De Wet Barry (Eastern Province), Peter Bracken (released), John Brooks (released), Phil Davies (released), Andy Gomarsall (Leeds Carnegie), James Inglis (released), Chris Malone (London Irish), Shane O'Connor (released), Mickey Pointing (released), Alex Rogers (released), Mike Ross (Leinster), Tom Sargeant (released).

LEEDS CARNEGIE

Head coach: Neil Back

Captain: Marco Wenzel

Players in:

Henry Fa'afili (Biarritz), Andy Gomarsall (Harlequins), Juan Gomez (Leinster), Gareth Hardy (Western Force), Alex Moreno (Calvisano), Alfie To'aola (Bristol), Ceiron Thomas (Scarlets), Marco Wentzel (Leicester).

Players out:

Tom Biggs (Newcastle), Andy Boyde (Released), James Brooks (Doncaster), Adam Hopcroft (Released), Alberto Di Bernardo (Bourgoin), Jon Dunbar (Released), Rob Vickerman (Newcastle).

LEICESTER

Head coach: Richard Cockerill

Captain: Geordan Murphy

Players in:

Anthony Allen (Gloucester), Joe Duffey (Nottingham), James Grindal (Newcastle), Geoff Parling (Newcastle), Billy Twelvetrees (Bedford), Jeremy Staunton (Wasps).

Players out:

Santiago Bonorino (Northampton), Martin Corry (retired), Julien Dupuy (Stade Francais), Ayoola Erinle (Biarritz), Ben Herring (retired), Derrick Hougaard (Saracens), Benjamin Kayser (Stade Francais), Seru Rabeni (Gloucester), Tom Varndell (Wasps), Marco Wentzel (Leeds Carnegie).

LONDON IRISH

Head coach: Toby Booth

Captain: Bob Casey

Players in:

Andy Buist (Newcastle), Paulica Ion (Bath), Ryan Lamb (Gloucester), Jamie Lennard (Doncaster), Chris Malone (Harlequins), Andy Perry (Newcastle), George Stowers (Kobe), James Tideswell (Plymouth).

Players out:

James Bailey (Lyon), Warren Fury (Wasps), Shane Geraghty (Northampton), James Hudson (Newcastle), Tonga Lea'aetoa (Toulon), Dominic Shabbo (London Welsh), Richard Skuse (Saracens).

NEWCASTLE

Head coach: Steve Bates

Captain: Carl Hayman

Players in:

Josh Afu (Doncaster Knights), Charlie Amesbury (Harlequins), Tom Biggs (Leeds Carnegie), Gcobani Bobo (Stormers), Kieran Brookes (Fylde), Jimmy Gopperth (Blues), James Hudson (London Irish), Filipo Levi (Ospreys), Chris Micklewood (Brive), Laurence Ovens (Bath), Grant Shiells (Kelso), Michael Tait (Kelso), Rob Vickerman (Leeds Carnegie), Alex Walker (Saracens).

Players out:

Ross Batty (Rotherham), Ross Beattie (released), Andy Buist (London Irish), Rory Clegg (Harlequins), Tom Dillon (Released), Phil Dowson (Northampton), Eni Gesinde (released), James Grindal (Leicester), Steve Jones (Edinburgh), Andy Long (Rotherham), Tom May (Toulon), Joe McDonnell (Cetransa El Salvador), Jamie Noon (Brive), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Ollie Phillips (Stade Francais), John Rudd (Released), Joe Shaw (Hong Kong), Sean Tomes (Exeter), Tim Visser (Edinburgh), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), David Wilson (Bath), Russell Winter (retired).

NORTHAMPTON

Head coach: Jim Malliner

Captain: Dylan Hartley

Players in:

Santiago Bonorino (Leicester), Phil Dowson (Newcastle), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Brian Mujati (Stormers), Dan Vickerman (Waratahs).

Players out:

Will Harries (Dragons), Phil Hoy (released), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Ben Lewitt (Bedford), Matt Lord (retired), Alex Rae (Bedford), Tom Smith (retired), Neil Starling (released), Barry Stewart (retired).

SALE

Head coach: Kingsley Jones

Captain: Dean Schofield

Players in:

David Bishop (Ospreys), Ben Cohen (Brive), Jack Forster (Gloucester), Gavin Kerr (Edinburgh), Sisa Koyamaibole (Toulon), Mahonri Schwalger (Scarlets), Ben Roberts (Newport Gwent Dragons), David Seymour (Saracens), Marika Vakacegu (Cornish Pirates), Ben Vernon (Preston Grasshoppers).

Players out:

Sebastien Bruno (Toulon), Sebastien Chabal (Racing Metro), Ross Davies (Ospreys), Lionel Faure (Clermont), Juan Martin Fernandez-Lobbe (Toulon), Rudi Keil (released), Rory Lamont (Toulon), Luke McAlister (Blues), Dave Ward (Cornish Pirates), Jason White (Clermont).

SARACENS

Head coach: Brendan Venter

Captain: Steve Borthwick

Players in:

Kevin Barrett (Exeter), Mouritz Botha (Bedford), Schalk Brits (Stormers), Rhys Gill (Cardiff Blues), Michael Horak (Treviiso), Derick Hougaard (Leicester), Ernst Joubert (Lions), Carlos Nieto (Gloucester), Ethienne Reynecke (Lions), Richard Skuse (London Irish), Michael Tagicakibau (London Welsh), Frik Venter (Sharks).

Players out:

Kris Chesney (Toulon), Andy Farrell (retired), Chris Jack (Western Province and Crusaders), Ben Jacobs (Wasps), Cencus Johnston (Toulouse), Andy Kyriacou (Ulster), Gordon Ross (released), Dan Scarbrough (Racing-Metro), David Seymour (Sale), Ben Skirving (Bath), Cobus Visagie (retired), Alex Walker (Newcastle), Micky Wilson (Viadana).

WASPS

Head coach: Tony Hanks

Captain: Tom Rees

Players in:

Charlie Beech (academy), Warren Fury (London Irish), Jason Hobson (Bristol), James Honeyben (academy), Ben Jacobs (Saracens), Steve Kefu (Castres), David Lemi (Bristol), Joe Simpson (academy), Lee Smith (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Varndell (Leicester), Marty Veale (Northland), Dan Ward-Smith (Bristol).

Players out:

Pat Barnard (Brive), Riki Flutey (CA Brive), James Haskell (Stade Francais), Rob Hoadley (coaching), Michael Holford (London Welsh), Raphael Ibanez (retired), Mossy Lawler (TBA), Josh Lewsey (retired), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jeremy Staunton (Leicester), Damien Varley (Munster), Tom Voyce (Gloucester).

WORCESTER

Head coach: Mike Ruddock

Captain: Pat Sanderson

Players in:

Adam Black (Dragons), Calum MacRae (Edinburgh), Olivier Sourgens (Bordeaux-Begles), Willie Walker (Gloucester).

Players out:

Loki Crichton (Suntory RFC), Chris Horsman (retired), Ben Jones (Rugby League), Darren Morris (Cardiff Blues), Matt Powell (retired),

Terence O'Rorke -