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Monday 7th August

Sale Sharks statement on Denny Solomona


Sale Sharks are disappointed to learn that Denny Solomona has been sent home from the England Training Camp.


Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond: "This is disappointing news because Denny has worked so hard since joining the club last December. He hasn’t had much time off and his performances  earned him a place of the recent England tour to Argentina.”


"This matter has been dealt with by the RFU and I will speak to Denny on his return to Carrington.”


Monday 7th August


Gloucester have today confirmed the signing of Leicester Tigers lock Ed Slater, with wing Jonny May moving in the opposite direction. Slater made over 130 appearances for the Welford Road club and was part of the Tigers squad that lifted the Aviva Premiership title in 2013.


Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphreys: "We are really happy that Ed Slater has agreed to join Gloucester. I have long been an admirer of Ed. Through his leadership, experience and power he can add to our forward pack and we have tried to bring him to Kingsholm in the past previously."


  "We firmly believe that Gloucester is an exciting club to be at, with a bright future under Johan Ackermann, and we are excited to see what Ed can bring to the Cherry and White jersey. We've made no secret of our intent to have an abrasive forward unit and Ed's skillset is exactly what we have been looking for.”


  "Jonny approached the club and explained he wanted to leave Gloucester and immediately our attention turned to strengthening the squad and the type of person we needed to recruit. Johan [Ackermann] has made it very clear that we need to dominate teams up front if we are to be successful and we feel that Ed's inclusion in the squad will add a lot to that key objective."


  "Ed's leadership ability will also be a great influence on the rest of the pack and he brings tremendous experience. Jonny has been a big part of Gloucester over the past 9 years and everybody at the club wishes him the best in his future career. He has been an outstanding player, and very popular with the Gloucester supporters. But once he decided he didn't want to play for the Club again we had to move on and strengthen the squad ahead of the new season.”


Wednesday 26th July


Exeter Chiefs have today confirmed the signing of South African lock Wilhelm van der Sluys on a one-year deal from Super Rugby side the Kings. The 25-year-old, who has played for Worcester Warriors, Rotherham and London Scottish, will bolster the club's second-row options after the summer departures of Geoff Parling and Damian Welch.


Wilhelm van der Sluys: "I'm very excited to be here, I've only heard good things about the club and I cannot wait for the opportunity that lies in front of me. I'm coming to a club that is full of confidence, especially after winning the Premiership last season, so I can't ask for a better club to join. I know it's going to be a new challenge for me, but it's one that I am really looking forward to."


Tuesday 25th July


London Irish have today confirmed the signing of Gloucester forward Darren Dawidiuk. The hooker, who made 145 appearances for the Cherry and Whites over eight seasons, will battle it out with David Paice, Saia Fainga’a, Dave Porecki and Todd Gleave for the starting jersey at the Madejski Stadium.


Darren Dawidiuk: "I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join London Irish, a club that’s very much on the up at present. The lads have been very welcoming and there is a fantastic atmosphere throughout the club. I can’t wait to pull on the green jersey and show what I can do.”


London Irish Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy: "Darren is a vastly experienced hooker and significantly augments our options in that department. He has an excellent attitude and has fitted in very well with the rest of the squad. I’m delighted to welcome him to the club and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the team.”