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The rugby transfer ins and outs for next season in Wales and entire URC

The rugby transfer ins and outs for next season in Wales and entire URC

Last week saw the United Rugby Championship season end, with Munster lifting the trophy in Cape Town.

Attention now turns to next season, with plenty of deals having been completed. Frankly, not many have been done in Wales, given the financial uncertainty and cost-cutting that has overshadowed the game in this country.

One of the regions, Cardiff, have yet to announce a single signing for next season – with any deals understood to be dependent on when their director of rugby situation is sorted after Dai Young’s suspension.

A new fly-half is imperative, with the Welsh Rugby Union understood to be blocking a move for South African fly-half Tinus de Beer. Gareth Anscombe would be a good option, given his seeming desire to stay in Wales, but that will all depend on finances.

The other Welsh sides have been able to do some business, but the outgoings far outweigh the incomings. There could be more to come, with Tomas Francis’ move to France likely to be confirmed soon.

Around the rest of the league, there’s some eye-catching signatures. Benetton have added six new players so far, but it’s former All Black and current Tonga international Malakai Fekitoa that really captures the imagination as they tempt him to Italy after a year at Munster.

Connacht’s acquisition of Santiago Cordero and Ulster’s signing of Steven Kitshoff are other reminders of the calibre of signings that Welsh rugby will struggle to make moving forward on smaller budgets.

Here’s every signing so far ahead of next season…

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  • June 3, 2023