Aviva Premiership Full Ins and Outs:
Bath have played two preseason games so far in the build-up to the new Aviva Premiership campaign. They began with a draw against fellow Premiership club Newcastle Falcons, whom they will also play, away from home, on the first day of the season. A second half Matt Banahan score looked to have secured victory for Bath before a last gasp Ryan Shortland try saved a draw for Dean Richards' men in Beziers, France.
Bath followed this with a 69-5 demolition of local rivals and Championship club Bristol, scoring 11 tries in the game, including a brace from flanker Matt Gilbert. Before the beginning of the season, Bath have further pre-season games away at Newport Gwent Dragons and at home to the Ospreys.
Ins: Gavin Henson (London Welsh, Fly Half/Centre), David Sisi (London Irish, Flanker), Juan Pablo Orlandi (Racing Metro, Prop), Leroy Houston (Colomiers, No.8), Matt Garvey (London Irish, Second Row/Back Row), Anthony Watson (London Irish, Full Back), George Ford (Leicester Tigers, Fly Half), Martin Roberts (Northampton Saints, Scrum Half), Micky Young (Leicester Tigers, Scrum Half), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish, Centre)
Outs: Michael Claasens (Scrum Half, Toulon), Ben Skirving (Lock, Bristol), Ben Mosses (Centre, Bristol), Stephen Donald (Fly Half, Mitsubishi Dynaboars), Jack Cuthbert (Wing, Edinburgh)Simon Taylor (Number 8, Unknown), Sam Vesty (Utility Back, Worcester Coaching Team), Mark McMillan (Scrum Half, Unknown), Dan Hipkiss (Centre, Retiring)
Exeter's only pre-season game to date was a 23-15 win away at the Scarlets, with the tries coming from Damian Welch, playing against his former club, and Will Carrick-Smith. Exeter have signed six new players in the off season but only one-Welsh international Tom James- started the game at Parc Y Scarlets. Rob Baxter made 13 changes to his side at half time, giving his squad a chance to prove their fitness and stake a claim for a spot in the first team when the start of the league rolls around.
Exeter host Championship club Bristol and Glasgow Warriors before their season opener away to last season's finalists Northampton Saints.
Ins:Tom James (Cardiff Blues, Winger), Ceri Sweeney (Cardiff Blues, Fly Half), Dave Lewis (Gloucester, Scrum Half) Greg Bateman (London Welsh, hooker), Fetu'u Vainikolo (Connacht, Winger), Don Armand (Western Stormers, Second Row/Back Row)
Outs: Aly Muldowney (Lock, Connacht), Ignacio Mieres (Fly Half, Worcester), Watisoni Votu (Wing, Perpignan), Miles Dorrian (Fly Half, London Irish), Neil Clark (Hooker, Oyonnax), Gonzalo Camacho (Wing, Leicester Tigers), Mark Foster (Wing, Jersey), Josh Tatupu (Centre, Carcassone), Chris Budgen (Prop, Retiring), Richard Baxter (Lock, Retiring), Simon Alcott (Hooker, Retiring), Junior Poluleuligaga (Scrum Half, Auckland Blues), Kevin Barrett (Scrum Half, Saracens coaching team), Nic Sestaret (Wing, Nottingham)
Gloucester's challenging pre-season schedule got off to a tough start with a 42-17 defeat at the hands of European champions Toulon. With the French outfit further ahead in their pre-season preparations, Gloucester can still take positives from the performance. Travis Knoyle scored on his debut, in addition to a Henry Trinder double, while both Delon and Steffon Armitage got on the score sheet for Toulon, Jonny Wilkinson converting all six tries. Director of Rugby Nigel Davies said, "Of course no one wants to lose and the result is frustrating, but looking beyond that we have battled extremely well against the European champions and one of the best sides around."
Before hosting Sale Sharks in their first league game, Gloucester face trips to Thormond Park to play Munster before home games against Plymouth Albion and Scarlets.
Ins:: Andrew Stanley (Forwards Coach), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors, Flanker), James Hudson (Newcastle Falcons, Second Row), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets, Scrum Half), Jonny Bentley (Cornish Pirates, Fly Half), Dan George (London Welsh, Hooker)
Outs: Jim Hamilton (Lock, Montpellier), Peter Buxton (Flanker, Bristol), Dave Lewis (Scrum Half, Exeter), Dario Chistolini (Prop, Zebre), Alex Brown (Lock, Retiring), Tommasso D'apice (Hooker, Unknown), Drew Locke (Centre, Jersey), Brad Field (Scrum Half, Unknown)
Harlequins have had a mixed pre-season so far, with a defeat against star-studded French outfit Racing Metro balanced out with a dominant victory over London Scottish.
Opening up their pre-season in Geneva, Quins went down 40-28 in front of 9,000 fans. Racing Metro, featuring Lions Dan Lydiate and Jonathan Sexton, ran in six tries, including one for Welsh international Lydiate. Ugo Monye and George Lowe scored two tries each in response for the 2011-12 Premiership Champions.
Quins returned to winning ways at The Stoop with a resounding 40-15 win over London Scottish. Tom Williams scored two tries and Ben Botica missed just one kick at goal in a man-of-the-match display.
Quins face Glasgow Warriors at The Stoop on August 24 before a trip to fellow London club Wasps opens up their Aviva Premiership campaign.
Ins: Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints, Prop), Nick Kennedy (Toulon, Second Row), Paul Sackey (Stade Francais, winger)
Outs: James Johnston (Prop, Saracens), Seb Stegmann (Wing, London Welsh), Rory Clegg (Fly Half, Newcastle Falcons), Pete Browne (Lock, London Welsh), Miles Mantella (Wing, London Scottish), Chris Brooker (Hooker, Worcester Warriors), Henry Taylor (Scrum Half, Released), Will Skinner (Flanker, Retiring), Ollie Kohn (Lock, Retiring)
Pre-Season was made more difficult for Leicester when their Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill was given a nine match ban in the wake of his side's victory in the Premiership final over Northampton in May. The ban means he will be unavailable for the pre-season games against Jersey and Ulster.
The Tigers have moved to appoint England international Toby Flood as captain though, as he takes over from the retiring Geordan Murphy. Former Sale players Neil Briggs and Mathew Tait will be playing for the Tigers this season.
Ins:: Neil Briggs (London Welsh, hooker), Ryan Lamb (Northampton Saints, Fly Half), Gonzalo Camacho (Exeter Chiefs, Winger), Jamie Gibson (London Irish, Flanker), Owen Williams (Scarlets, Fly Half), Jerome Schuster (Perpignan, Prop), David Mele (Perpignan, Scrum Half), Sebastian De Chaves (Mot-de-Marsan, Second Row), Tom Bristow (London Welsh, prop)
Outs: Alex Lewington (Wing, London Irish), Jonny Harris (Prop, London Irish), Jimmy Stevens (Hooker, London Irish), Keiran Brookes (Prop, Newcastle Falcons), George Ford (Fly Half, Bath), Micky Young (Scrum Half, Bath), Andy Forsyth (Centre, Sale Sharks), Andy Symons (Centre, Tasman), Charlie Clare (Hooker, Bedford), Camilo Parilli-Ocampo (Prop, Ealing), Richard Thorpe (Flanker, London Welsh), Geordan Murphy (Full Back, Retiring), Matt Cornwell (Fly Half, Mogliano), Martin Castrogiovanni (Prop, Toulon), Rob Andrew (Lock, London Welsh), George Oliver (Flanker, Unknown)
Irish have had a fairly low key build up to the new season, despite a 44-10 hammering of Championship side Rotherham, they have kept fairly quiet. 33 year-old Declan Danaher will combine his playing role with being part of the coaching staff for the new season.
The Exiles owners have recently had to deny a rumoured stadium move for the club. It had been suggested that Irish were considering moving from the Madjeski stadium, their home since 2000, to Brentford FC's Griffin Park, which has been heavily denied.
Ins: Andy Fenby (Scarlets, Wing), Blair Cowan (Worcester Warriors, Flanker), Jamie Hagan (Leinster, Prop), Eamonn Sheridan (Rotherham, Centre), Fergus Mulchrone (Rotherham, Full Back), Michael Mayhew (Newcastle Falcons, Hooker), Myles Dorrian (Exeter Chiefs, Fly Half), Jimmy Stevens (Leicester Tigers, Hooker), Nic Rouse (Nottingham, Second Row), Matt Parr (Nottingham, Prop), Jonny Harris (Leicester Tigers, Prop), Alex Lewington (Leicester Tigers, Wing)
Outs: Alex Corbisiero (Prop, Northampton), Jamie Gibson (Flanker, Leicester), Steve Shingler (Centre, Scarlets), Jack Moates (Scrum Half, London Wasps), Max Lahiff (Prop, Melbourne Rebels), Jonathan Joseph (Centre, Bath), Matt Garvey (Lock, Bath), Alex Gray (Number 8, England Sevens), Scott Lawson (Hooker, Newcastle Falcons), David Sisi (Number 8, Bath), Anthony Watson (Wing, Bath), James Sandford (Lock, Cornish Pirates), Jerry Yanuyanatawa (Prop, Unknown), Conor Gaston (Wing, Unknown), Joe Ansbro (Centre, Retiring)
Wasps lost two players due to retirement in the build-up to the new season. Prop Tim Payne and centre Lee Thomas were both forced to retire due to injuries. Payne, a member of the 2009 British and Irish Lions squad, called time on his playing career due to a neck injury, whilst Welshman Thomas was suffering from an ongoing Achilles problem.
Director of rugby Dai Young has been quick to strengthen in those areas though, calling on two Tongan internationals William Helu and Taione Vea to cover for departing players. Former Sharks centre Chris Bell will also have the chance to make an impact.
Ins: Brad Davies (Assistant Coach), William Helu (Rugby Roma, Centre/Wing), Taione Vea (North Harbour, Prop) , Joe Carlisle (Worcester Warriors, Fly Half), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors, Prop), Kearnan Myall (Sale Sharks, Second Row), Jack Moates (London Irish, Scrum Half), Andy Goode (Worcester Warriors, Fly Half), Nathan Hughes (Blues, No.8), Rory Pitman (Rotherham, No.8), Josh Bassett (Bedford, Wing), Ed Jackson (London Welsh, Back Row), Guy Thompson (Jersey, Utility Back), Ricky Reeves (Bedford, Prop), Jake Cooper-Wooley (Cardiff Blues, Prop)
Outs: Billy Vunipola (Number 8, Saracens), Nicky Robinson (Fly Ha;f, Bristol), Sakaria Taulafo (Prop, Stade Français), Stephen Jones (Fly Half, Retiring), Rhys Thomas (Hooker, Newport Gwent Dragons), Marco Wentzel (Lock, South Africa), Chris Mayor (Centre, Unknown), Jonathan Poff (Flanker, Unknown), Lewis Thiede (Prop, Unknown), Alex Rae (Lock, Unknown), Stuart Commins (Scrum Half, Unknown), Tinus Du Plessis (Flanker, Unknown), Lorenzo Romano (Prop, Unknown), Tim Payne (Prop, Retiring)
Newcastle have been busy adding to their squad ahead of their return to the Aviva Premiership. Scotland international scrum half Mike Blair has been brought in as well as Frazer McKenzie from Sharks.
Dean Richards has been adding to his squad, but was also unfortunate to lose Rory Lawson to a wrist injury which has forced him to retire as the Falcons look to cement themselves at the top of English rugby.
Ins: Scott Lawson (London Irish, hooker), Fraser McKenzie (Sale Sharks, Second Row), Andy Saull (Saracens, Flanker), Rory Clegg (Harlequins, Fly Half), Dominic Barrow (Leeds, Second Row/Back Row), Phil Godman (London Scottish, Fly Half), Mike Blair (Brive, Scrum Half), Adam Powell (Saracens, Centre), Kieran Brookes (Leicester Tigers, Prop), Franck Montanella (London Welsh, Prop)
Outs: Jimmy Gopperth (Fly Half, Leinster), James Hudson (Lock, Gloucester), Luke Fielden (Wing, England Sevens), James Hall (Prop, Bristol), Michael Mayhew (Hooker, London Irish), Taiasina Tu'ifua (Flanker, Bordeaux), Jordi Pasqualin (Scrum Half, London Scottish), Ollie Stedman (Number 8, Unknown), James Goode (Lock, Unknown), Rory Lawson (Scrum Half, Retired)
Northampton Saints got their pre-season schedule off to a flying start after a 45-21 win against Bedford Blues on Friday 16th August. It was a convincing win for Saints with tries from Ben Nutley, Jamie Elliott, GJ van Velze, Ben Foden, Gareth Denman, Tom Collins and a penalty try which sealed the side's good victory. Bedford's headline act was full-back Mark Atkinson, who scored a first-half hat-trick, but his efforts were in vain as Saints scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to secure the victory.
Jim Mallinder's men now face games against Moseley and Edinburgh on 22nd and 23rd August respectively before a final friendly, at Leinster on August 30.
Ins: George North (Scarlets, winger), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish, prop), Kahn Fotuali'I (Ospreys, scrum half), Salesi Ma'afu (Western Force, Prop), Gareth Denman (Rotherham, Prop), Glenn Dickson (Otago, Fly Half/Centre), Rob Verbakel (Otago, Second Row)
Outs: Soane Tonga'uiha (Prop, Racing Metro), Brian Mujati (Prop, Racing Metro), Mark Sorenson (Lock, Bristol), Ryan Lamb (Fly Half, Leicester), Martin Roberts (Scrum Half, Bath), Tom May (Centre, London Welsh), Tom Hicks (Lock, Gloucester), Scott Armstrong (Wing, Unknown), Rhys Oakley (Number 8, Plymouth Albion), Scott Armstrong (Wing, Moseley)
Sale have an 100% record from their pre-season so far. They won against Fylde 36-7 at the busy Woodlands, before having a game back at the original home of the Sharks, Heywood Road. They played Leeds Carnegie and it was Sale who came out on top in a feisty affair, winning 38-3.
New Defence Coach Mike Forshaw has come in the club to work on the defence, an area which Sale have had problems with over the last few seasons and already in pre-season, Sale are looking good with only conceding one try in 160 minutes of rugby - and that was an interception try.
Sale now play Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff Arms Park before starting the Premiership campaign away to Gloucester on the 7th September.
Ins: Tom Arscott (London Welsh, Wing/Fullback), Dan Baines (Rotherham, Hooker), Joe Ford (Leeds Carnegie, Fly Half/ Full Back) Andy Forsyth (Leicester Tigers, Centre), Kirill Kulemin (London Welsh, Second Row), Phil MacKenzie (London Welsh, Wing), Jonathan Mills (London Welsh, Back Row/Second Row), Michael Paterson (Cardiff Blues, Second Row/ Back Row)
Outs: Kearnan Myall (Lock, Wasps), Richie Vernon (Flanker, Glasgow), Charlie Amesbury (Wing, Bristol), Andy Powell (Number 8, Wigan RL), Fraser McKenzie (Lock, Newcastle Falcons), Richie Gray (Lock, Castres), Jordan Davies (Centre, Salford City Reds - RL), Alasdair Dickinson (Prop, Edinburgh), Lee Imiolek (Prop, Leeds), Will Bordill (Flanker, Glasgow)
Saracens began their first pre-season fixture in some style beating Durban's College Rovers at the John Smit Rugby Field in LIV Village in South Africa.
On a cloudy and breezy afternoon, Saracens ran in eleven tries as they overpowered the Rovers 75-0, with hooker Jamie George scoring a hat trick of tries for the 'Men in Black'.
Their first home fixture will be against Cornish Pirates at the Honourable Artillery Company, in the heart of the City of London, on Thursday 22 August. Edward Griffiths, chief executive of Saracens said: "We look forward to another fantastic occasion offering great rugby and a great atmosphere in a unique venue." After this, they will play Bedford at the Allianz Park on 31st August.
Ins: Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz, ), Richard Barrington (Jersey, Prop), Tim Streather (Nottingham, centre), Billy Vunipola (London Wasps, No. 8), Michael Tagicakibau (Bristol, wing), Jack Wilson (Bay of Plenty, wing), James Johnston (Harlequins, Prop)
Outs: John Smit (Hooker, Natal Sharks), Adam Powell (Centre, Newcastle Falcons), Andy Saull (Flanker, Newcastle Falcons), Carlos Nieto (Prop, Retiring), Joe Maddock (Wing, Retiring)
Under the new Director of Rugby, Dean Ryan, Worcester played two games: winning their first 29-18 against Rotherham Titans and losing the next 17-21 against Cardiff Blues.
However, Dean Ryan is pleased by the performances of the players and they have given him encouragement ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership campaign.
He said: "The whole squad has played a part over the last four games. Considering we had so many changes, I'm pretty pleased with both games. Losing is never something people want but at the same time we were in pre-season against a Heineken Cup side today and we looked competitive."
Ins: Dean Ryan (Director of Rugby), Carl Hogg (Head Coach), Simon Cross (Defence Coach), Shane Howarth (Backs Coach), Sam Vesty (Academy Transition Coach), Ceri Jones (Scrum Coach), Ignacio Mieres (Exeter, Fly Half/Centre), Paul Warwick (Stade Francais, Fly-Half), Paul Stephenson (Bedford, winger), Leonardo Senatore (Toulon, Back Row), Agustin Creevy (Montpellier, Hooker), Mike Williams (Blue Bulls, Second Row), Ofa Fanga'anuku (Glasgow Warriors, Prop), Paul Andrew (Cornish Pirates, Prop), Chris Brooker (Harlequins, Hooker), Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys, Second Row/Back Row), Jeremy Su'a (Canterbury Crusaders, scrum half), Cameron Goodhue (Auckland Blues, Back Row), Jeremy Becasseau (Stade Francais, Prop)
Outs: Matt Mullan (Prop, Wasps), Matt Kvesic (Flanker, Gloucester), Joe Carlisle (Fly Half, Wasps), Andy Goode (Fly Half, Wasps), Andy Short (Centre, Bristol), Errie Claassens (Full Back, Bristol), Blair Cowan (Number 8, London Irish), Nikki Walker (Wing, Edinburgh), Aleki Lutui (Hooker, Edinburgh)
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