English Rugby
Guinness Premiership Ins and Outs
September 1, 2009

The race for the 2009-10 Guinness Premiership title begins this weekend after a typically busy off-season.

England's 12 leading clubs have all witnessed a high turnover in talent since Leicester lifted the silverware in last season's finale at Twickenham - and those changes have not been limited to the playing ranks.

Six clubs will begin this season with a different man at the helm compared to this point last year as the pressures of coaching in English rugby's top flight continue to take their toll.

The biggest casualty of the summer was Dean Richards who resigned from his position as Harlequins' director of rugby in the wake of the 'Bloodgate' scandal to be replaced by the club's coaching team of John Kingston, Colin Osborne and Tony Diprose. Elsewhere, Sale waved goodbye to Philippe Saint-Andre who opted to swap Edgeley Park for Toulon's Stade Mayol and as a result Kingsley Jones will guide the Sharks this season.

Gloucester parted company with Dean Ryan at the end of the last campaign with coach Bryan Redpath stepping into the void and Ian McGeechan opted to cut his ties with Wasps - paving the way for Tony Hanks' return to the club as their new director of rugby.

Former London Irish favourite Brendan Venter was another to return to the Premiership stage - but this time with Saracens while Richard Cockerill is set to embark on his first full season in charge of Leicester having taken the Tigers' reins earlier this year.

But that is just the start of it - on the eve of the big kick off we detail the comings and goings over the last few months:


Players In: Olly Barkley (Gloucester), Chris Cracknell (Exeter), Matt Carraro (Waratahs), Nicky Little (Petarca Padova), Julian Salvi (ACT Brumbies), Ben Skirving (Saracens), Luke Watson (Western Province), David Wilson (Newcastle).

Players Out: Shaun Berne (Leinster), Alex Crockett (resigned), Chris Goodman (Bedford), Justin Harrison (retired), Andrew Higgins (resigned), Paulica Ion (London Irish), Robbie Kydd (released), Michael Lipman (resigned), Laurence Ovens (Newcastle), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Gloucester), James Scaysbrook (Exeter).


Players In: Dave Attwood (Bristol), Pierre Capdevielle (Brive), Darren Dawiduik (Cornish Pirates), Paul Doran-Jones (London Welsh), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu (Bath), Rupert Harden (Tynedale), Tim Molenaar (Nottingham), Nicky Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Carlos Spencer (Northampton), Tom Voyce (London Wasps).

Players Out: Jack Adams (Bristol), Anthony Allen (Leicester), Iain Balshaw (Biarritz), Olly Barkley (Bath), Gareth Cooper (Cardiff Blues), James Forrester (retired), Jack Forster (Sale), Mark Foster (Exeter), Ryan Lamb (London Irish), Ross McMillan (Coventry), Carlos Nieto (Saracens), Dan Norton (Bristol), Willie Walker (Worcester), Matthew Watkins (Newport Gwent Dragons), David Young (Edinburgh).


Players In: John Andress (Exeter), Gonzalo Camacho (BACRC), Rory Clegg (Newcastle), Kevin Corrigan (Esher), Karl Dickinson (Bedford), Josh Drauniniu (Exeter), James Johnston (Ponsonby), Lewis Stevenson (Exeter).

Players Out: Charlie Amesbury (Newcastle), De Wet Barry (Eastern Province), Peter Bracken (released), John Brooks, Phil Davies (Pau), Andy Gomarsall (Leeds), James Inglis (released), Shane O'Connor (released), Chris Malone (London Irish), Mickey Pointing (released), Junior Polu (released), Alex Rogers (released), Mike Ross (Leinster), Tom Sargeant (released), Epi Taione (Racing Metro).

Leeds Carnegie

Players In: Andy Boyde (Doncaster), Juan Gomes (Leinster), Andy Gomarsall (Harlequins), Henry Fa'afili (Biarritz), Gareth Hardy (Western Force), Ceiron Thomas (Llanelli Scarlets), Alfie To'oala (Bristol), Marco Wentzel (Leicester).

Players Out: Tom Biggs (Newcastle), James Brooks (Doncaster), Alberto Di Bernardo (Bourgoin), Jon Dunbar (retired), Rob Vickerman (Newcastle).

Leicester Tigers

Players In: Anthony Allen (Gloucester), Joe Duffey (Nottingham), James Grindal (Leicester), Robbie Harris (Nottingham), Geoff Parling (Newcastle), Jeremy Staunton (London Wasps), Billy Twelvetrees (Bedford).

Players Out: Santiago Bonorino (Northampton), Martin Corry (retired), Julien Dupuy (Stade Francais), Ayoola Erinle (Biarritz), Ben Herring (retired), Derick Hougaard (Saracens), Benjamin Kayser (Stade Francais), Ben Pienaar (Nottingham), Greig Tonks (Nottingham), Tom Varndell (Wasps), Marco Wentzel (Leeds), Tom Youngs (Nottingham).

London Irish

Players In: Eoghan Hickey (Wasps), Paulica Ion (Bath), Ryan Lamb (Gloucester), Jamie Lennard (Doncaster), Chris Malone (Harlequins), Andy Perry (Newcastle), Ben Stevenson, (Newbury), George Stowers (Kobe), James Tideswell (Plymouth).

Players Out: James Bailey (Lyon), Warren Fury (London Wasps), Shane Geraghty (Northampton), James Hudson (Newcastle), Tonga Lea'aetoa (Toulon), Dominic Shabbo (London Welsh), Richard Skuse (Saracens).

London Wasps

Players In: Ben Broster (Saracens), Warren Fury (London Irish), Jason Hobson (Bristol), Ben Jacobs (Saracens), Steve Kefu (Castres), David Lemi (Bristol), Joe Simpson (Academy), Lee Smith (Leeds Rhinos), Tom Varndell (Leicester), Marty Veale (Northland), Dan Ward-Smith (Bristol).

Players Out: Pat Barnard (Brive), Riki Flutey (Brive), James Haskell (Stade Francais), Rob Hoadley (retired), Michael Holford (London Welsh), Raphael Ibanez (retired), Mossy Lawler, Josh Lewsey (retired), Tom Palmer (Stade Francais), Eoin Reddan (Leinster), Jeremy Staunton (Leicester), Damien Varley (Munster), Tom Voyce (Gloucester).

Newcastle Falcons

Players Ins: Josh Afu (Doncaster), Charlie Amesbury (Harlequins), Tom Biggs (Leeds), Gcobani Bobo (Stormers), Kieran Brookes (Fylde), Jimmy Gopperth (Auckland Blues), James Hudson (London Irish), Filipo Levi (Ospreys), Chris Micklewood (Brive), Uche Oduoza (Suntory Sungoliath), Laurence Ovens (Bath), Grant Shiells (Kelso), Michael Tait (Kelso), Rob Vickerman (Leeds), Alex Walker (Saracens)

Players Out: Ross Batty (Rotherham), Ross Beattie (released), Andy Buist (London Irish), Rory Clegg (Harlequins), Tom Dillon (released), Phil Dowson (Northampton), Eni Gesinde (released), James Grindal (Leicester), Steve Jones (Edinburgh), Andy Long (Rotherham), Tom May (Toulon), Joe McDonnell (Cetransa El Salvador), Jamie Noon (Brive), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Andy Perry (London Irish), Ollie Phillips (Stade Francais), John Rudd (released), Joe Shaw (Hong Kong), Sean Tomes (Exeter), Tim Visser (Edinburgh), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), David Wilson (Bath), Russell Winter (retired).

Northampton Saints

Players In: Santiago Bonorino (Leicester), Phil Dowson (Newcastle), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Brian Mujati (Stormers), Dan Vickerman (Cambridge University).

Players Out: Will Harries (Newport Gwent Dragons), Phil Hoy (released), Sean Lamont (Scarlets), Ben Lewitt (Bedford Blues), Matt Lord (retired), Rob Milligan (retired), Alex Rae (Bedford), Tom Smith (retired), Carlos Spencer (Gloucester), Neil Starling ( London Welsh), Barry Stewart (retired), .

Sale Sharks

Players In: David Bishop (Ospreys), Ben Cohen (Brive), Jack Forster (Gloucester), Gavin Kerr (Edinburgh), Sisa Koyamaibole (Toulon), Mahonri Schwalger (Scarlets), David Seymour (Saracens), Marika Vakacegu (Cornish Pirates).

Players Out: Sebastien Chabal (Racing Metro), Ross Davies (Ospreys), Lionel Faure (Clermont Auvergne), Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon), Luke McAlister (North Harbour).


Players In: Kevin Barrett (Exeter), Mouritz Botha (Bedford), Schalk Brits (Stormers), Rhys Gill (Cardiff Blues), Michael Horak (Treviso), Derick Hougaard (Leicester), Ernst Joubert (Lions), Carlos Nieto (Gloucester), Ethienne Reynecke (Lions), Richard Skuse (London Irish), Michael Tagicakibau (London Welsh), Frik Venter (Sharks)

Players Out: Kris Chesney (Toulon), Matt Cairns (released), Andy Farrell (retired), Chris Jack (Western Province), Ben Jacobs (London Wasps), Cencus Johnston (Toulouse), Andy Kyriacou (Ulster), Francisco Leonelli, Nick Lloyd (released), Ben Broster (Wasps), David Seymour (Sale), Ben Skirving (Bath), Gordon Ross (released), Cobus Visagie (retired), Mickey Wilson (Viadana), Alex Walker (Newcastle).


Players In: Adam Black (Dragons), Calum MacRae , (Edinburgh), Willie Walker (Gloucester) Olivier Sourgens (Begles-Bordeaux).

Players Out: Loki Crichton (Suntory Sungoliath), Chris Horsman (retired), Ben Jones (Moseley), Hal Luscombe (retired), Darren Morris (Cardiff Blues), Matt Powell (retired).

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