The Six Nations has kicked off brilliantly. We had the drama in Paris with Johnny Sexton’s late drop goal and the controversy surrounding Gareth Anscombe’s try that never was at Twickenham.
This year’s tournament has made for compelling viewing and most of us have not been paying much attention to domestic rugby.
With some talented players out of contract in the summer, however, here we take a look at three potential moves which could be beneficial to both the clubs and players in question.
3. Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints to Wasps)
Brookes was once an England international but has failed to live up to the hype following a couple of serious injuries and the former Falcons star has been struggling for form at Franklin’s Gardens this season.
He is looking to move at the end of the season and, of course, a quality tighthead prop that will be available all year round has put some of England’s top clubs on red alert.
Wasps will certainly be in the market for a prop with Irish frontrower Marty Moore heading home after this season. Brookes, if he was to move to Wasps, would be joining almost certainly as first choice. It could be a clever move for the Coventry-based club if Brookes can regain some of that form that saw him selected for England.
2. Danny Cipriani (Wasps to Sale Sharks)
Wasps signing of All Black Lima Sopaga sealed the maverick’s fate. Cipriani has been a key part of Wasps’ expansive backs game that saw them all the way to the Premiership final last year and they won’t be far off the title again this year.
A return to Sale is on the cards, with the Salford club lacking real quality in the fly-half berth and with some deadly fishers like Marland Yarde and Denny Solomona up there it could be a great place for Cipriani.
It would be beneficial for the 30-year-old to stay in England and he’s too good to be playing over in Japan. Sale would be lucky to have the English playmaker.
3. James Haskell (Wasps to Bristol Rugby)
Another looking to be forced out by the arrival of a Kiwi; Brad Shields has been signed for next season as he looks to force his way in to Eddie Jones’ World Cup squad.
Bristol have been touted as his most likely destination as they sign up a plethora of talent, including Charles Piutau.
Haskell has to remain in England if he wants to feature at the 2019 World Cup and Bristol are an attractive proposition due to the large amount of money at their disposal.
The 32-year-old has proved many times that he is still among the best back row forwards in England and he could well be a very important part of what is set to be a star-studded Bristol side.
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