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One of the brightest young talents in English rugby reportedly set to move to France

Harlequins have been full of young talent in recent years

One of the brightest young talents in English rugby is reportedly on the verge of moving to France, according to reports in Midi Olympique.

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The trend of players from the Gallagher Premiership moving across the channel appears to continue this week, as Agen are set to be on the verge of signing one of England’s brightest young rugby players.

London-based powerhouse Saracens have currently been the primary club to see a whole host of their top players move to France, with 28-year-old Australia Will Skelton being the latest to agree a deal at La Rochelle.

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After impressing that winter in a season where Saracens went on to retain the Champions Cup, the 6ft 8in lock agreed to return on a permanent basis ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Reports in France suggest that Agen could be about to sign highly-rated 22-year-old Gabriel Ibitoye from Harlequins. The winger is regarded by many to be a future starting international for the men in white.

The French newspaper disclosed that the club were set to make a move for the highly-rated English winger. Agen have been busy so far this summer in the transfer market, signing many exciting young French players.

His commanding performance against Clermont in the Champions Cup last season put him firmly in the French spotlight.

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Ibitoye confirmed a contract extension with Harlequins at the start of 2018 saying, “I’m absolutely thrilled to re-sign at this great club. We have an exciting group of boys who I believe can do something special over the next few years.”

Harlequins recently revealed another high profile player would be leaving the club.

Vereniki Goneva is leaving Harlequins for the French ProD2 it has been revealed. Stade Montois have confirmed that the 36-year-old will play for them next season.

It brings to an end a remarkable eight years in the Premiership for Goneva. The 6’2, 102kg Fijian winger, who can also play centre, is a prolific try-scorer, and will bring pace and power to the French side’s backline.

Nothing has been confirmed with Gabriel Ibitoye and his future in English rugby.

 

 

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Jon 1 hours ago
How Maro Itoje terrorised the All Blacks lineout

Yeah England were much smarter, they put their much vaster experience to use in both the scrum (bending/not taking hit) and lineout (Itoje early sacks) law vagaries. Really though, I know what is there, I’m more worried about Englands locks. We only got to see Itoje and Martin, right? Depth allround in the England camp was probably the difference in the series and the drop off when Itoje reached his minutes limit for the season (it was like the plug was pulled from the charger) was up there with keeping Sexton on the park in that quarter final. What happened there? You have a lot of watching hours experience with locks come blindsides Nick, especially with a typical Australian player make up, have you see a six the size of Barrett absolutely dominate the position and his opposition? I can easily see Scott, and even Martin for that matter, moving to the blindside and playing like Tadgh Beirne with the amount of top locks we have coming through to partner Patrick. Still with the English mindset, because despite running the best All Black team I’ve seen in a long time close, they do need to find improvement, and although I thought they had a lot of good performances from their 7’s (over the years), I really like the prospect of Cunningham-South in his 8 spot and Earl on the open. Can you see Martin as mobile enough to take over Lawes? I absolutely loved his aggression when Jordie ran upto him to try and grab the ball. That alone is enough reason for me to try him there.

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