Carbery headlines Guinness PRO14 Ins and Outs for 2018/19 season

Charlie Talbot-Smith
24 August 2018

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On the eve of the new Guinness PRO14 season, nearly all the new business has been done and the squads have settled over pre-season.

So it’s time to take a look at some of the new faces who have moved clubs this summer, with a full transfer list at the bottom.

But the best place to start is with the defending champions Leinster, who as well as promoting a large number of academy talent including Jordan Larmour have also picked up Australian international Joe Tomane.

He proves as canny a piece of business as Scott Fardy did last season then Leinster have another winner on their hands but they have much to replace with the experience of Isa Nacewa, Jamie Heaslip and Richardt Strauss all heading into retirement and Joey Carbery also heading to Munster.

Defeated finalists Scarlets have also made some changes with Keiron Fonotia, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Cheetahs duo Uzair Cassiem and Clayton Blommetjies all joining up.

But they have lost John Barclay, Aled Davies, Scott Williams and most importantly – their player of the season and talisman Tadhg Beirne.

Elsewhere in the play-off sides from last season, Glasgow Warriors have snapped up George Turner from Edinburgh and former Wallaby Nick Frisby.

But Finn Russell has headed to France and Racing 92 as has former Munster fans’ favourite Simon Zebo.

But there is much to celebrate at Thomond Park with Carbery and Beirne arriving along with Arno Botha and Mike Haley.

Sticking in Ireland, and Ulster have snapped up Jordi Murphy from Leinster as well as the returning Marty Moore, the talented Billy Burns and Wallaby winger Henry Speight on a short-term deal.

Connacht meanwhile have also invested in Australia, bringing in Kyle Godwin from the Brumbies, Colby Fainga’a from the Rebels and David Horwitz from the Waratahs as well as Robin Copeland from Munster.

Over in Italy, Benetton have signed up the exciting Iliesa Ratuva from Waikato as well as former Italy U20 and Worcester Warriors prop Derrick Appiah.

Zebre’s recruitment highlights are fly-half Francois Brummer from the Blue Bulls and Giovanni Licata from Fiamme Oro.

In Wales the Ospreys have the returning George North on the wing as well as Scott Williams in midfield and Aled Davies at No.9.

Cardiff Blues have snapped up Samu Manoa from Toulon as well while the Dragons welcome back Richard Hibbard, Ross Moriarty and Aaron Jarvis to the Welsh regions.

Finally the Cheetahs have snapped up Springbok No.9 Rudy Paige as well as Louis Fouche while the Southern Kings have snapped up Bjorn Basson and Sarel Pretorius.

While Richard Cockerill is looking to continue Edinburgh’s upward curve with another summer of recruitment with Barclay returning north of the border from Scarlets along with the likes of Pyrgos, Juan Pablo Socino and Luke Hamilton.

BENETTON RUGBY

INS
Derrick Appiah (London Scottish)
Giuseppe di Stefano (Fiamme Oro)
Dewaldt Duvenage (Stormers)
Giovanni Pettinelli (Calvisano)
Iliesa Ratuva (Waikato)
Antonio Rizzi (Petrarca)
Marco Zanon (Mogliano)

OUTS
Marty Banks (NTT Red Hurricanes)
Andrea Buondonno (released)
Whetu Douglas (Crusaders)
Filippo Filippetto (retired)
Francesco Minto (Medicei)
Michael Tagicakibau (Manawatu)
Matteo Zanusso (Calvisano)

CARDIFF BLUES

INS
Dmitri Arhip (Ospreys)
Jason Harries (Edinburgh)
Rory Thornton (season-long loan, Ospreys)
Samu Manoa (Toulon)
Liam Belcher (Dragons)

OUTS
Alex Cuthbert (Exeter Chiefs)
Damian Welch (Cross Keys)
Taufa’ao Filise (Retired)
Sam Warburton (Retired)

CHEETAHS

INS
Rudy Paige (Bulls)
Adriaan Carelse (Boland)
Tian Schoeman (Bordeaux)
Louis Fouche (Kubota Spears)
Ruben de Haas (USA)
Dries Swanepoel (Bulls)
Benhard Janse van Rensburg (Sharks)
Walt Steenkamp (Leopards)
JP du Preez (Lions)
Aidon Davis (Toulon)
Louis Conradie (Boland)

OUTS
Rynier Bernardo (Canon Eagles)
Clayton Blommetjies (Scarlets)
Tom Botha (Ospreys)
Uzair Cassiem (Scarlets)
Reniel Hugo (Toyota Verblitz)
Niel Marais (Yamaha Jubilo)
Paul Schoeman (Blue Bulls)
Clinton Swart (Toyota Verblitz)
Torsten van Jaarsveld (Bayonne)
Francois Venter (Worcester Warriors)
Carl Wegner (Toyota Verblitz)
Fred Zeilinga (Canon Eagles)

CONNACHT

INS
David Horwitz (NSW Warathas)
Kyle Godwin (ACT Brumbies )
Joe Maksymiw (Leicester Tigers)
Robin Copeland (Munster )
Colby Fainga’a (Melbourne Rebels )
Jonny Murphy (Rotherham Titans)
Sevu Reece (Waikato)
Cillian Gallagher (Academy)
Conan O’Donnell (Academy)
Peter Claffey (Academy)

OUTS
Pita Ahki (Toulouse)
Stacey Ili (Hawke’s Bay)
Naulia Dawai (Otago)
Andrew Deegan (Western Force)
Denis Coulson (released)
Cormac Brennan (released)
John Muldoon (retired)
Steve Crosbie (released)
JP Cooney (released)
Andrew Browne (released)
Pat O’Toole (released)

DRAGONS

INS
Josh Lewis (Bath Rugby)
Ryan Bevington (Bristol Bears)
Rhodri Williams (Bristol Bears)
Jordan Williams (Bristol Bears)
Aaron Jarvis (Clermont Auvergne)
Rhys Lawrence (Ealing Trailfinders)
Richard Hibbard (Gloucester Rugby)
Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
Dafydd Howells (Ospreys)
Tiaan Loots (RFC 1404)
Jacob Botica (RGC 1404)
Rhodri Davies (Rotherham Titans)
Nicky Thomas (Scarlets )
Brandon Nansen (Stade Francais)
Huw Taylor (Worcester Warriors)

OUTS
Phil Price (Scarlets)
Sam Hobbs (released)
Thomas Davies (Cardiff RFC)
Luke Garrett (Neath)
Keagan Bale (Bargoed)
Liam Belcher (Cardiff Blues)
Rhys Buckley (Bargoed)
Scott Andrews (Neath)
Ashley Sweet (Ebbw Vale)
Robson Blake (retired)
Sarel Pretorius (Southern Kings)
Charlie Davies (Northampton Saints)
Angus O’Brien (Scarlets)
Adam Hughes (Retired)
Pat Howard (Ealing Trailfinders)
Carl Meyer (released)
Barney Nightingale (Bargoed)
Sam Beard (Canterbury)
Lloyd Lewis (Pontypool)

EDINBURGH

INS
Jason Baggott (Academy)
John Barclay (Scarlets)
Pietro Ceccarelli (Oyonnax)
Dave Cherry (London Scottish)
Luke Crosbie (Academy)
Dougie Fife (Scotland 7s)
Simon Hickey (Bordeaux)
James Johnstone (Scotland 7s)
Matt Scott (Gloucester Rugby)
Pierre Schoeman (Blue Bulls)
Charlie Shiel (Academy)
Juan Pablo Socino (Newcastle Falcons)
Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow Warriors)
Senitiki Nayalo (London Irish)
Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Shiel (Academy)
George Taylor (Academy)

OUTS
Anton Bresler (Worcester Warriors)
Glenn Bryce (released)
Kevin Bryce (Glasgow Warriors)
Phil Burleigh (Canterbury)
Neil Cochrane (retired)
Robbie Fruean (retired)
Tom Galbraith (released)
John Hardie (released)
Jason Harries (Cardiff Blues)
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Scarlets)
Jordan Lay (Bristol Bears)
Elliot Millar-Mills (Ealing Trailfinders)
Cornell du Preez (Worcester Warriors)
Junior Rasolea (Grenoble)
Matt Shields (retired)
Jason Tovey (Cross Keys)
Duncan Weir (Worcester Warriors)
Callum McLelland (released)
Alasdair Dickinson (retired)

GLASGOW WARRIORS

INS
George Turner (Edinburgh)
DTH van der Merwe (Newcastle Falcons)
Tevita Tameilau (Utah Warriors)
Nick Frisby (Bordeaux Begles)
Kevin Bryce (Edinburgh)
Thomas Gordon (Currie Chieftains)
Adam Nicol (Academy)
Bruce Flockhart (Academy)
Robbie Nairn (Academy)
Andrew Davidson (Newcastle Falcons, loan)

OUTS
Finn Russell (Racing 92)
Leonardo Sarto (released)
Richie Vernon (London Scottish)
Lewis Wynne (London Scottish, loan)
Samuela Vunisa (Calvisano)
Pat MacArthur (retired)
Ryan Grant (retired)
Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh)

LEINSTER

INS
Jordan Larmour (Academy)
Vakh Abdaladze (Academy)
Caelan Doris (Academy)
Josh Murphy (Academy)
Joe Tomane (Montpellier)
Will Connors (Academy)

OUTS
Jordi Murphy (Ulster)
Jamie Heaslip (retired)
Isa Nacewa (retired)
Richardt Strauss (retired)
Oisin Heffernan (Nottingham)
Joey Carbery (Munster)
Cathal Marsh (released)
Peadar Timmins (released)
Ian Fitzpatrick (Ireland 7s)
Terry Kennedy (Ireland 7s)
Jeremy Loughman (Munster)
Sean McNulty (released)
Charlie Rock (released)

MUNSTER

INS
Tadhg Beirne (Scarlets)
Arno Botha (London Irish)
Joey Carbery(Leinster)
Neil Cronin (Garryowen)
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)
Calvin Nash (Academy)
Liam O’Connor (Academy)
Fineen Wycherley (Academy)

OUTS
Robin Copeland (Connacht)
Gerbrandt Grobler (Gloucester Rugby)
Dave Johnston (Ealing Trailfinders)
Simon Zebo (Racing 92)

OSPREYS

INS
Scott Williams (Scarlets)
Aled Davies (Scarlets)
Tom Botha (Cheetahs)
Lesley Klim (Doncaster Knights)
George North (Northampton Saints)
Gheorghe Gajion (Trelissac)
Guido Volpi (Narbonne)
Luke Morgan (Wales 7s)

OUTS
Dan Biggar (Northampton Saints)
Rhys Webb (Toulon)
Kieron Fonotia (Scarlets)
Ashley Beck (Worcester Warriors)
Rowan Jenkins (Yorkshire Carnegie)
Dafydd Howells (Dragons)
Dmitri Arhip (Cardiff Blues)
Rory Thornton (Cardiff Blues, loan)
Jay Baker (Merthyr Tydfil)
Brian Mujati (retired)
Eli Walker (retired)
Hugh Gustafson (retired)
Ben John
Jeff Hassler (released)
Brendon Leonard (released)

SCARLETS

INS
Keiron Fonotia (Ospreys)
Phil Price (Dragons)
Uzair Cassiem (Cheetahs)
Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh)
Kieran Hardy (Jersey)
Ed Kennedy (Randwick)
Angus O’Brien (Dragons)

OUTS
Aled Davies (Ospreys)
Scott Williams (Ospreys)
John Barclay (Edinburgh)
Emyr Phillips (retired)
Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
Tom Williams (released)
Tom Grabham (retired)
Rhys Jones (retired)
Jack Condy (retired)
Jack Maynard (released)
Billy McBryde (RGC)
Nicky Thomas (released)

SOUTHERN KINGS
INS
Lupumlo Mguca (EP)
Schalk Oelofse (Mont-de-Marsan)
JC Astle (Mont-de-Marsan)
Henry Brown
Stephan de Wit (WP)
Sarel Pretorius (Dragons)
Tertius Kruger (Cheetahs)
Meli Rokoua (Agronomia Portugal)
Bjorn Basson (Oyonnax)
Michael Botha (EP)
Ulrich Beyers (Blue Bulls)

OUTS
Entienne Swanepoel (Valsugana)
Dayan van der Westhuizen (Blue Bulls)
Lindokuhle Welemu (released)
Eital Bredenkamp (Griquas)
Khaya Majola (released)
Johan Smith (Leopards)
Siyabulela Mdaka (Leopards)
Freddy Ngoza (Boland Kavaliers)
Victor Sekekete
Lusanda Badiyana (released)
Rowan Gouws (EP)
Freddy Muller (EP)
JP Smith (EP)
Kurt Coleman
Benhard janse Van Rensburg
Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles)
Anthony Volmink (Golden Lions)
Luzuko Vulindlu (released)
Jacques Nel (Aurillac)

ULSTER

INS
Marty Moore (Wasps)
Jordi Murphy (Leinster)
Will Addison (Sale Sharks)
Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Speight (Brumbies, short-term deal)
Alexander Thompson (Terenure, short-term deal)
Alan Bennie (Lansdowne, short-term deal)
Nick Timoney (Academy)
Greg Jones (Academy)
Adam McBurney (Academy)
Jonny Stewart (Academy)

OUTS
Andrew Trimble (retired)
Paul Marshall (retired)
Robbie Diack (released)
Tommy Bowe (retired)
Callum Black (Worcester Warriors)
Jared Payne (retired)
Paddy Jackson (Perpignan)
Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears)
Stuart Olding (Brive)
Brett Herron (Jersey Reds)
Callum Patterson (Cornish Pirates)
Aaron Cairns (released)

ZEBRE

INS
Paula Balekana (Sydney Rays)
Francois Brummer (Blue Bulls)
Massimo Ceciliani (Viadana)
Nicola de Batista (Cornish Pirates)
Samuele Ortis (Rugby Rovigo)
Giovanni Licata (Fiamme Oro)
Daniele Rimpelli (Calvisano)
Apisai Tauyavuca (Fijian Drua)
Matu Tevi (North Harbour)
Jimmy Tuivaiti (Calvisano)
Giosue Zilocchi (Calvisano)

OUTS
Faialaga Afamasaga (Colorno)
Valerio Bernabo (retired)
Serafin Bordoli (Olivos Argentina)
Tommaso D’Apice (released)
Andrea de Marchi (Medicei)
Ciaran Gaffney (retired)
Andrea Manici (retired)
Derick Minnie (retired)
Rory Parata (Cornish Pirates)
Matteo Pratichetti (retired)
Jacopo Sarto (Colorno)
James Tucker (Chiefs)

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