Transfer Report (18/01/2021): All Change in Wasps Front Row

Although we are far from the start of silly season, we are already hearing some rumblings about potential contract disputes, transfers and free agents making their marks in territory unknown! Let's dive into the transfer news and headlines...

Wasps Set to Sign Front Row Duo

It is now confirmed that Wasps Rugby head coach Lee Blackett is looking to recruit a pair of Championship props; again, as a Wasps fan, I love Blackett's usage of lower-league talent and it's really starting to pay off.

Wasps are said to be on the verge of adding Robin Hislop from Doncaster Knights as a loosehead prop option and front rower Elliot Millar-Mills of Ealing Trailfinders, who coincidentally debuted against Saracens in the club's pre-season victory on Saturday; not that you would have heard about that online this week...

Source: Coventry Live

Where Next for the Ash-Splash?!

Harlequins full back and notorious bad-boy (not really, just always wanted to say that), Chris Ashton looks likely to switch clubs again after arriving from Sale last year. He has definitely struggled to really make an impression at Quins over in West London. In recent weeks, Ashton has been rumoured to be interested in a transfer to his former club Northampton Saints; he's also been linked to Worcester Warriors and Newcastle Falcons. Although, as each week rolls by, it's looking increasingly likely that he will now join a list of other English stars to head to Japan.

Source: The Rugby Paper

Wasps Scrum Half to Edinburgh?

According to The Rugby Paper, Wasps Rugby scrum-half Ben Vellacott has also been linked to a move to Richard Cockerill's Edinburgh. At the end of the current season the 25-year-old looks to be out of contract and it now seems that Cockers' is involved in taking the understudy to the Pro14 club as soon as possible. The Devon-raised, Scotland U20 international never really reached the heights we expected from him; I'm speaking with my Wasps hat on now. We thought he would challenge Robson for a starting jersey week in - week out, but it looks like young Porter and Wolstenholme are now the preferred squad options. I think he's still got a lot of potential and he's definitely capable of being a regular starter for a top outfit; just not for Wasps unfortunately.

Source: Coventry Live

Quins Outgoings Mounting Up

Oh dear, not another Quinny'! Harlequins, having already announced James Lang's departure, much to the disappointment of the fans, may be set to lose another fly-half in Brett Herron.

Herron is in negotiations with French side and European royalty, Biarritz the Rugby Paper states. Since arriving from Championship side Jersey Reds in 2019, Herron, 25, hasn't really been able to disrupt the solidified selection choice of Smith/Lang.

Source: The Rugby Paper

Gloucester Front Row Woes

Experienced hooker and Gloucester Rugby favourite James Hanson is said to be discussing ending his stay at Kingsholm with offers on the table for him to return to his native Australia.

In 2017, Hanson, 32, joined Gloucester on an initial short-term deal, but it soon became a permanent move, and he actually signed a new contract with the club in June 2020; not long ago at all! However, according to The Rugby Paper, Hanson has already received offers from three Super Rugby franchises, all offering him deals. The rumoured clubs are the Queensland Reds, the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.

Source: The Rugby Paper

Premiership Stalwart on his way to Scarlets?

Sale Sharks prop, and one of our bolters we have linked with Wales for this Six Nations, WillGriff John, is aiming to move to the Pro14 from the Gallagher Premiership to try and strengthen his foreign prospects; a bit like what we are hearing from the Will Rowlands camp.

The man-mountain John, 28, is in talks with Scarlets about making the move in the summer with his Sale contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Source: The Rugby Paper

All Change in the Front Row for Wasps

Fan-favourite and Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor is in talks with Sale Sharks about returning to his former club. Wasps is stacked with talent in the middle of the front row and as a fan myself, I think it might be time to offload the loyal servant.

With the emergence of outstanding youngsters Gabriel Oghre and Alfie Barbeary, not to mention the form of Tom Cruse, Wasps head coach Lee Blackett has plenty of top quality options moving forward; also with Tommy Taylor spending much of the last few seasons on the treatment table, his injury prone perception might have pushed him out of favour with the black and gold setup.

Source: Bristol Post

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