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Aki is not going anywhere
Connacht head coach Andy Friend dismissed reports of Bundee Aki’s move to Munster as a mere “paper talk”. “Bundee will definitely stay with us,” Friend said, adding that as far as he knows, the rumors are just “paper talk.”
Mike Brown impresses in court
The former England full-back will sign for Leicester Tigers this week after initially going to court, according to RUCK sources.
Brown has 72 caps for England but has been inactive in the top game since leaving Newcastle at the end of last season.
When he could not get a Premiership contract for the current season, it was assumed that he would resign.
Although Brown is 37, he still wants to return.
Exeter signs Mike Williams
Exeter Chiefs have confirmed Mike Williams has signed for the club from Bath. The Zimbabwe-born striker has agreed a move to Devon and is a useful signing amid the expected exodus of players at the end of the season.
Williams made sporadic appearances for the Blue Bulls in South Africa before moving to the Northern Hemisphere in 2013. He first joined Worcester Warriors and won 51 caps for the club before spending a lengthy spell at Leicester. After 80 caps in four years at Welford Road, Williams moved to Bath in 2019.
Sarries is loaning Bath Star
The Saracens have announced the signing of backrower Tom Ellis on a short-term loan deal.
Ellis made his professional rugby debut with Bath Rugby in 2014 and has played over 100 games for Gallagher Premiership Club.
Quins star Dino Lamb commits
The 6ft 5in, 119kg, who can also cover backrows, Lock has made over 70 appearances for the senior side since his debut in September 2017 against Northampton Saints.
The powerful striker was part of the matchday squad that earned a dramatic 40-38 victory in the Gallagher Premiership final in 2021 with the highest-scoring record ever to lift the Harlequins’ second Premiership trophy.
Lamb, a product of Harlequins Academy, is the latest player to be recalled to the roster ahead of the 2023-24 season, followed by scrum-half Danny Care and props master Simon Kerrod, as well as new signings Joe Launchbury and Will Porter, who are joining the will be joining the club over the summer.