George North – Llanelli Scarlets to Northampton Saints
Northampton Saints have added some real quality to their side this summer with the arrival of two of the Lions squad. Whilst Alex Corbisiero will be a huge force up front, the neutral will undoubtedly be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing George North in the Aviva Premiership. The young welsh winger’s performances Down Under will certainly ensure Northampton feel little remorse about taking away the Pro12 poster boy. North may well provide the extra impetus needed to see Northampton go all the way domestically as well providing a real challenge in Europe.
Billy Vunipola – London Wasps to Saracens
Bursting onto the international scene this summer, Billy Vunipola looks to be an exciting addition to the Saracens squad. In a move that unites him with his brother, the powerful number 8 will add to a Sarries pack that is already a force to be reckoned with. England’s tour to Argentina gave the forward a real opportunity to demonstrate his worth to and at 20 years old the only way is up. The coming season is shaping up nicely in terms of talent on display and the Tongan-born forward is a major boost as Saracens look to better their semi-final finish.
Matt Kvesic – Worcester Warriors to Gloucester
Another player on the fringes of the England squad who will be looking to establish himself this season is Matt Kvesic. Similarly to Billy Vunipola, the now ex-Worcester flanker seized the opportunities presented against Argentina to put in some eye-catching displays. Now with a move up the table to local rivals Gloucester, the 21 year old will find himself mixing it with best and having to prove his worth if he wants to go on and cement a place in Stuart Lancaster’s plans. Nevertheles,s he is an excellent addition to an ambitious Gloucester side and will provide much-needed competition for places within the squad.
Tom Arscott – London Welsh to Sale Sharks
The 2012/13 season was not kind to Sale. They will be making the necessary preparations in the hope of avoiding another relegation battle this time around. With the arrival of Tom Arscott they have secured a real try scoring threat. The winger/fullback’s performances for London Welsh were characteristic of their plucky attempt to stay in touch with the Premiership’s top performers. Sale will be hoping Arscott can help provide the necessary points, of which they were so lacking, to push them on to bigger and better things for 2013/14.
Jonathan Joseph – London Irish to Bath
With the arrival of England-capped centre Jonathan Joseph, Bath will be looking to build on a very middle-of-the-road season. The few solid and consummate performances were all too often following by lacklustre displays. In Joseph, however, they have secured an exciting talent and someone who can pick a lock in defences. Furthermore, the young centre will be looking to build upon his England chances as he has found himself drifting in and out of Stuart Lancaster’s plans. Joseph is one of several arrivals looking to get Bath’s season off to a good start, and if he can gel quickly with their other signings the West Country outfit could boast a very exciting back-line.
By Jono Frank
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