Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jumping Ship

It's that time of year again when players are negotiating new contracts as theirs come up for renewal.

Several players have made (perhaps) surprising moves over the last few days. Firstly, Welsh Scrum Half Dwayne Peel [left] has announced he's off to Sale next season. New Wales coach Warren Gatland had stated that he wouldn't be picking people who play their rugby outside of Wales, but apparently Peel is a special case.

A bigger shock for fans of Bath and Saracens is that England Lock Steve Borthwick [right] is leaving the West Country for North London next season! The Bath fans are justifiably distraught, while the Sarries supporters can't quite believe their luck. Personally, I'm looking forward to the prospect of Borthers and Chris Jack having a few games together. That's if the new boy can displace Hugh Vyvyan, who already seems to be building a strong playing partnership with Jack.

Finally, French Flanker Serge Betsen [left] has announced he's retiring from Les Bleus immediately, and will hang up his Biarritz boots completely at the end of the season. I can think of many a European player who won't be sorry to see the old bruiser go. I wonder how many more yellow cards he'll get before he gives up for good!

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