5 Of The Best PRO14 Signings Ahead Of The New Season
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The PRO14 clubs have been busy for the last few months, looking to bring in new faces ahead of the 2018/19 season that will strengthen their squads.
All 14 teams have been active, but who has done the best business? Dragons have brought in the likes of Jordan Williams, Ross Moriarty and Richard Hibbard, while Munster have added Ireland internationals Tadhg Beirne and Joey Carbery to their squad among others.
Holders Leinster have once again looked to their academy, bringing in just one player in the form of Joe Tomane from Montpellier. Other notable signings include Kyle Godwin to Connacht, John Barclay to Edinburgh, Scott Williams to Ospreys and Blade Thomson to Scarlets.
Here are five of the best signings.
Samu Manoa – Toulon to Cardiff Blues
The USA international may be 33-years-old but can still do a hell of a job for Cardiff. Once heralded as of the ‘finest No.8’s in the game’, the USA international signs from French giants Toulon. His versatility will also be a huge plus, with Mano comfortable both in the back-row and the second-row.
Tadhg Beirne – Scarlets to Munster
Arguably the best forward in European rugby last season, the Ireland international arrives in Munster after two spectacular campaigns with Scarlets. Beirne’s ability to turnover the ball could be crucial for Munster this season. He looks set to form a formidable partnership with Jean Kleyn.
Ross Moriarty – Gloucester to Dragons
Still only 24-years-old, the flanker arrives as part of a huge recruitment drive at the Dragons. His unrelenting style of play is just what the Dragons need after a disappointing first season under Bernard Jackman.
Joey Carbery – Leinster to Munster
One of the most talked about transfers of the summer sees Joey Carbery swap the blue of Leinster for the red of Munster. If all goes to plan this could be the signing of the season, with Munster desperate for a confident, ball-playing ten that can lead their backline. Watch this space.
George North – Northampton to Ospreys
Hard to believe he’s still only 26 years-old, having burst onto the scene as a youngster. North has 76 caps for Wales, but managed just 104 in a five-year spell at Northampton. The move back home to Wales could do him the world of good, and see the return of a player who was once one of the most feared wingers in world rugby.