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May 23, 2013

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 05/23/2013

Gareth Delve to Japan?

Reports in the Australian press claim Gareth Delve will continue his career in Japan when he leaves the Melbourne Rebels at the end of the season.

The Rebels confirmed on Wednesday that when Delve's contract comes to an end at the end of the current Super Rugby campaign, he will depart to pastures new. There were some suggestions Delve would move back to Wales, but the Herald Sun claims Japan is likely to be his next port of call.

April 10, 2013

Posted by Graham Jenkins on 04/10/2013

Smit lined up as Sharks chief?

Former Sharks captain John Smit has been tipped to become the new chief executive of the Super Rugby franchise.

Smit, who also led South Africa to the 2007 Rugby World Cup crown, is currently playing with English Premiership side Saracens with earlier reports having linked him with a move to French club Toulon next season.

But The Mercury newspaper reports that the Sharks have negotiated his release from an agreement with Toulon so that he can take over from the current chief executive Brian van Zyl who is due to retire in February.

February 3, 2013

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 02/03/2013

Burgess to return to the Rebels?

Reports in the Rugby Paper claim that Luke Burgess is set to leave Toulouse at the end of the season and will return to Australia with the Melbourne Rebels the frontrunners for his signature.

January 30, 2013

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 01/30/2013

Barnes set for Japan sojourn

Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald claim that Berrick Barnes has signed for Japanese side the Panasonic Wild Knights on a one-year contract starting after the 2013 Super Rugby season.

November 27, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 11/27/2012

Stade move for Steyn?

Reports on French website Le Rugby Nistere claim that Morne Steyn is in Stade Francais' sights. Steyn apparently met with the Top 14 club's management in the run up to the Springboks Test with England on Saturday and with him out of favour with South Africa, he could be tempted to leave the southern hemisphere in favour of a switch to France.

October 26, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 10/26/2012

Thomson to move to Japan?

Reports in the New Zealand press claim that All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson could be set for a switch to Japan. Thomson is currently out of the international reckoning and Hurricanes boss Jamie Joseph expects the flanker to be playing abroad next season.

"Adam hasn't committed to New Zealand rugby so it's difficult to select him. That indicates he's heading overseas," Joseph said. "He's been a great servant and he will be sorely missed."

October 16, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 10/16/2012

Nonu to become a Highlander?

The Highlanders have confirmed that they are in talks with All Blacks centre Ma'a Nonu and are optimistic that he will play for them next season. Nonu turned out for the Blues in the 2012 Super Rugby season and has cited family reasons for the move though the contract is yet to be agreed.

Blues coach John Kirwan hit out at Nonu's decision saying: "I am obviously disappointed. The lateness in the decision has really put us in a difficult situation, but we are going to have a young, exciting young team and we'll move on."

September 14, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 09/14/2012

Waratahs line up Cheika

Reports in the Australian press suggest that ex-Stade Francais and Leinster boss Michael Cheika is poised to take over as the new boss of the Waratahs. The Sydney Morning Herald claims that Cheika presented his plans for the Sydney-based franchise which included growing the local supporter base alongside the success of the team.

July 21, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 07/21/2012

Force move for Foley?

Reports in the Australian press suggest that the Western Force have turned their attentions to Waratahs boss Michael Foley to fill the void left by Richard Graham. Force and Wallabies openside David Pocock is reportedly involved with the negotiations and has earmarked Foley as the right candidate to take the side forward.

Former Leinster and Stade Francais boss Michael Cheika seemed to be the hot favourite but Foley now appears to be in pole position.

July 11, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 07/11/2012

Blues lose forward to Japan

Blues flanker Chris Lowrey will join Toyota Heavy Industries in Japan at the end of the current season according to player management company Esportif. The 25-year-old has signed a two-year deal.

July 10, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 07/10/2012

Hurricanes bring in veteran scrum-half

With TJ Perenara out for the rest of the season and Chris Eaton also struggling, the Hurricanes have turned to veteran half-back Jamie Nutbrown to boost their resources in that department. Nutbrown has previously turned out for the Crusaders, Chiefs and the Ospreys.

July 4, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 07/04/2012

Toeava set to join Japanese exodus

Reports suggest that the Blues' Isaia Toeava is set to turn his back on the All Blacks and journey to Japan to join the Canon Eagles.

June 29, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 06/29/2012

Gerrard to return to Japan

Former Wallabies fullback Mark Gerrard has revealed that he will return to Japan at the end of the current Super Rugby season. Gerrard has been an integral part of the Melbourne Rebels squad since their inception but will leave the club after the final rounds of the tournament.

June 27, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 06/27/2012

Elsom set for Japan switch

According to reports in the Australian press, Rocky Elsom is to take up a two-year contract in Japan with the Kobe Steel. He is believed to have a clause in his contract that allows him to play in Europe between January and June in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Top 14 sides Toulouse and Stade Francais are believed to be interested in recruiting the Wallaby blindside.

June 21, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 06/21/2012

Kankowski switches to Japan

Sharks and Springboks No.8 Ryan Kankowski has signed a six-month contract to play for Toyota Verblitz in the Japanese Top League. He will return in time for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

June 19, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 06/19/2012

U-Turn for Delve?

According to reports in the Australian press, Melbourne Rebels and Wales No.8 Gareth Delve has performed a u-turn on his decision to join Toulon and is instead seeking to stay in Australia. Rebels CEO Steve Boland said of Delve: "If there was a way we were able to keep Gareth to work for everybody we'd love to do it, but at the moment the ball's in his court and we'll be giving him some space while he's in camp with Wales and we'll see what happens after the next couple of weeks.

"I guess we're waiting advice from him on where he stands in that situation. That's an issue at the moment for Gareth to be working through. He's a fantastic servant to the club."

June 5, 2012

Posted by Graham Jenkins on 06/05/2012

A disturbance in the Force

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that David Pocock looks set to walk out on the Western Force and link up with the Brumbies in a deal that could earn the openside up to A$500,000 (£318,000) a season. The newspaper reports that Pocock, who will captain Australia against Scotland on Tuesday, has a strong relationship with coach Jake White, and is said to be desperate to play for a team capable of winning the Super Rugby title. He is expected to confirm the move to the capital within coming weeks

May 15, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 05/15/2012

Kirwan linked with Force move

Reports in Australia suggest that former Japan coach John Kirwan is keen on replacing Richard Graham at the Western Force. Kirwan has also been linked with fellow Super Rugby franchise the Blues who look set to remove Pat Lam as head coach at the end of the current campaign.

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 05/15/2012

Higginbotham to become a Rebel?

With the Melbourne Rebels' No.8 Gareth Delve reportedly playing for Toulon next term, the Sydney Morning Herald claims that they have earmarked the Reds' back-row Scott Higginbotham as the ideal man to replace the Welsh international. The newspaper claims, however, that the Rebels are yet to make an official approach for the Wallabies back-row.

May 11, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 05/11/2012

Brumbies close in on Hewat

The Sydney Morning Herald claims that former London Irish fly-half-come-fullback Peter Hewat is to step into the void left by the injured Christian Lealiifano at the Brumbies. Hewat is currently turning out for Suntory and has vast Super Rugby experience after playing for numerous years at the Waratahs.

May 9, 2012

Posted by Tom Hamilton on 05/09/2012

Blues on the lookout for a new coach

The Blues will appoint a new coach at the end of the season after a disastrous campaign under Pat Lam. They have openly declared that they are advertising for a new supremo, a declaration that prompted skipper Keven Mealamu to apologise on behalf of current boss Pat Lam for their woeful season.

Early names in the frame? Wayne Smith will find himself linked along with the likes of Clermont's Vern Cotter, Leinster's Joe Schmidt and the unemployed John Kirwan.

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