Bath Rugby is currently leading the race to secure the services of the highly talented Henry Arundell, an exceptional speedster from London Irish.
These reports indicate that if Arundell were to become available, Bath Rugby is positioned at the forefront of potential suitors.
The Exiles, who have debts of more than £30million, were set a deadline of May 30 by the Rugby Football Union to prove that they have completed an approved takeover, or provide evidence that they have the funds to complete next season.
Reports tonight suggest they have failed to meet that deadline.
According to The Telegraph, this unfortunate situation has left the players in a state of uncertainty and scrambling for employment opportunities.
The plight faced by the London Irish squad echoes the challenges previously encountered by the Worcester Warriors and Wasps teams in recent months.
While some players are likely to secure new contracts in the coming weeks, others have taken matters into their own hands by reaching out to clubs directly through personal calls and emails.
‘Telegraph Sport understands that Tom Pearson has received interest from various Premiership sides’
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According to information obtained by Telegraph Sport, it is understood that both England wing Henry Arundell and World Cup hopeful Tom Pearson have received expressions of interest from at least four different Premiership sides.
This suggests that there is potential for these players to find new opportunities and continue their professional rugby careers.
However, it may be more difficult for other players to find new clubs with many already spending close to the salary cap.
Mail Online predict the entire England 2023 Rugby World Cup squad
With under six months to go, the Mail Online have had a go at predicting who will make Steve Borthwick’s England Rugby World Cup squad.
In their article, they ran through every position and assessed options in every position, highlighting those who look certain picks, probable picks and outside chances – provided the players in question are fit come selection time at the end of August.
There were a number of surprises omissions, including Joe Marchant, Billy Vunipola, Ben Earl and the in-form Tom Pearson.
Check out their full selection below:
MAIL ONLINE’S PREDICTED WORLD SQUAD:
FULlBACK: Freddie Steward
Freddie Steward of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)
WING: Henry Arundell, Ollie Hassell-Collins, Max Malins, Anthony Watson
Henry Arundell of London Irish during the Gallagher Premiership match between London Irish and Bath Rugby at The Gtech Community Stadium, London on 1 October 2022 (Photo: Danny Loo/PPAUK)
CENTRE: Elliot Daly, Ollie Lawrence, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi
A frustrated Ollie Lawrence of England during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.
FLY-HALF: Owen Farrell, George Ford, Marcus Smith
Owen Farrell, Captain of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)
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