With news emerging this week that the Premiership’s salary cap is to increase once again, rumours have been flying about who might be on the move. Here are 10 of the best possibilities so far;
It seems Halfpenny isn’t the most popular man in Toulon at the moment after being criticised by his clubs owner over injury issues. If things continue in this way then Halfpenny could find himself leaving Toulon earlier than expected with a number of English clubs lining up in the wings.
If rumours are to be believed Genia has already signed a contract with Bath for the 2015 season. Once he has seen out his final year in Australia and played for the Wallabies in the world cup he looks set for a move to the rec to replace Peter Stringer.
One of the slightly more outlandish rumors, but one that is a distinct possibility nonetheless. After the World Cup Carter may look for a one or two year deal to see out his final years in rugby with Europe a distinct possibility. Although France looks a more likely destination the new spending powers of the Premiership clubs could change that.
Folau is another Wallaby star rumoured to be contemplating a move after the World Cup. There were strong rumours earlier this year that he was set for a move to Toulon, however one of the more cash-rich English clubs could look at him as a potential marquee signing.
Steyn has had a difficult year after a disagreement over payments with the Springboks saw him step down from international duty. Although he is now playing his rugby in Japan there’s a chance he could seek a move to Europe with a number of Premiership clubs interested.
Hogg currently represents Scotland’s most exciting talent and would be seen as a huge coup for many Premiership sides. Strong rumours in the off-season suggested he could be on his way to Ulster but after a move failed to materialise he may instead turn his attentions to the Premiership.
Beale is rumoured to be seeking a switch to the NRL after finding himself frustrated at not playing 10 for the Brumbies and struggling to make the Wallabies starting XV. This kind of unrest has alerted several Premiership clubs who may seek to make a move for the talented Aussie playmaker.
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The Springbok hooker was set for a move to Toulon not so long ago until family issues saw him reneg on the deal. He could however be set to rekindle a move to Europe with Springbok eligibility rules allowing him to play abroad whilst continuing to represent his country.
Campagnaro was without doubt Italy’s player of the 2014 Six Nations and had been strongly linked with a number of Premiership clubs over the summer. If he can once again play to the heights of last season it’s only a matter of time before one of Europe’s big boys comes knocking.
Although Habana is signed up to Toulon for the next couple of years, demands by Mourad Boudjellal for the Springbok flyer to drop his international commitments may force his hand. Should Habana’s Toulon contract be cancelled there will no doubt be a number of Premiership clubs lining up for his signature.
Which player would you most like to see make a move to the Premiership next year?