Rugby Rumours: Maro the Tiger, Savea Returns, Goode for Japan and Mapimpi to the Prem

Maro Itoje, Julian Savea, Alex Goode, Makazole Mapimpi
Maro Itoje, Julian Savea, Alex Goode, Makazole Mapimpi

Maro the Tiger:

It looks like Maro Itoje won't be joining his fellow teammates in the Championship next season... he has been linked with a Premiership move.

The England international second-rower has been tied with a move to Leicester Tigers, who would be grateful of his presence after a shakey 19/20 season.

Savea Returns:

Julian Savea has said goodbye to France after 2 seasons with Toulon, he is expected to return home to New Zealand, linking up with a Super Rugby side.

His previous club, the Hurricanes, look to be the front-runners in signing the All Black winger after sampling the delights of the Top 14.

Goode for Japan:

Another Saracens player that looks to be jumping ship is full-back Alex Goode, the 32 year old is another X-Factor player who will leave them before the drop.

The rumour is that the England international 15 has been approached by Japanese top flight side NEC Green Rockets to join them on a 1 year deal.

Mapimpi to the Prem:

As the deadline approaches for South Africian players to pledge their allegiances, it appears that one of their World Cup winners might be leaving.

The Springbok winger, Makazole Mapimpi, has reportedly been in talks with Leicester Tigers on a move to the English Premiership!