Aviva Premiership: 5 Big Transfers

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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7 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership: 5 Big Transfers

  1. It’s almost as if you’ve forgotten that Wasps have captured the great athlete that is Andy Goode?

    On a serious note; Vunipola is a great signing for Saracens. So explosive, and by all means, on the same conditioning program that his brother was put on. Seems to have lost a bit of weight. It will be very interesting to see who gets the England 8 shirt, with him and Morgan both very good options.

    The other big move that has not been mentioned here is Fotuali’i. Second best 9 in the world and could lead to a horrible season for Dickson. He is a solid 9 but not is the same class at Fotuali’i.

  2. Got to agree with Jacob on Fotuali’i, Northampton arguably now have the best scrum-half in the Premiership. He can also play 10 so there will be a few mediocre half-backs feeling a bit uncomfortable in Northampton about now.

  3. Agree with the guys that think Fotuali’i is also big news, he gets to link up with some Pisis as well. Think it all hinges on whether he can form a decent partnership with Myler, I’m really looking forward to watching him.

    James Johnston to Sarries is pretty significant, as Mako continues to develop and the dynamism of Billy it’s looking like a Sarries pack that can go toe to toe with the best in Europe.

    1. Agreed on James Johnston, I’d forgotten him. I think he is more of a loss to Quins that he is a gain to Saracens. Quins will really miss him. With Kohn and Johnston replaced by Kennedy and Doran-Jones, the Quins pack just for a lot lighter.

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