We recap some of the top stories, rumours and confirmed transfers of the week.
Jamie George commits long-term future to Saracens
Saracens have confirmed that England and British & Irish Lions hooker Jamie George has penned a long-term contract extension. The 29-year-old has played 226 times for his boyhood club since his debut in 2009 and has committed to the club until 2023.
Exeter Chiefs sign Santiago Cordero's younger brother
Exeter Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Facundo Cordero, the younger brother of Santiago, on an initial one-year deal with the Premiership club
A hot stepped, like his older brother, Facundo Cordero has agreed to join the Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs.
Sale Sharks to sign Manu Tuilagi
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Sale Sharks are poised to announce the blockbuster signing of England centre Manu Tuilagi this week in a major boost to their title hopes, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Tuilagi was released by Leicester along with four other players after a breakdown in contract talks, although the club’s hierarchy left the door open to strike a new deal Leicester confirmed on Friday that process had run its course, bringing to an end Tuilagi’s 11-year stay in the East Midlands.
Jeronimo de la Fuente heading to France
According to RugbyRama, Jeronimo de la Fuente will join PROD2 club Perpignan.
The centre is one of the many Jaguares players who have been allowed to leave the Super Rugby club with no action this year.
Kyle Godwin off to NSW
Former Connacht back, Kyle Godwin will join the Waratahs in 2021 in order to replace Karmichael Hunt.
Godwin is currently playing for the Western Force in Super Rugby AU but will link up with the Waratahs next year having left Connacht following the completion of his contract.
Blues star Sotutu ends speculation with a new deal:
Blues' star looseforward Hoskins Sotutu will remain at the Blues until at least 2022. The 21-year-old has added a further two years to his initial contract after joining the Blues in 2019, having come through the organisation’s development programme, playing for Auckland and New Zealand Under-20s.
Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw joins Japanese club:
In January, it was confirmed that Laidlaw would leave Top 14 club Clermont following a three-year stay in France and the former Scotland international was linked with a move to PROD2 outfit Perpignan. However, he has now signed with NTT Shining Arcs.
Big call from Greig, do you think Scotland could do it?🤔 pic.twitter.com/KZEtDvLDJ2— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) July 9, 2020
Mark Telea signs a 2-year extension at Blues:
The 23-year-old Blues Super Rugby rookie follows on from No 8 Hoskins Sotutu who announced his two-year extension
Diamond's Sharks confirmed for Premiership season finish:
A squad of 33 has been confirmed by Steve Diamond as Sale and the rest of the Premiership sides prepare to end the interrupted 2019/20 season.
Sevens star and former Sydney Rooster sign for Connacht:
Connacht Rugby have announced the signings of Australian 7s player Ben O’Donnell and Bay of Plenty Number 8 Abraham Papali’i. The pair will link up with the squad before the start of the 2020/21 Guinness PRO14 season.
Leicester Tigers lock in halfback pairing:
Leicester Tigers have continued their re-signings with England duo Ben Youngs and George Ford penning new deals with the side.
Sean Maitland the latest to stay on with Championship-bound Saracens:
Saracens have confirmed that Scotland winger Sean Maitland has committed his future to the club penning a two-year contract and will remain in north London until at least 2022.