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England fly-half Ford returns to Leicester

George Ford is back at Leicester
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England fly-half George Ford has headed back to Leicester from Bath and Toby Flood, capped 60 times for England, has returned to the club where it all started for him, Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Wales and Lions full-back Liam Williams has been captured by Saracens, and talented by troubled Australian James O'Connor is about to don a Sale shirt - it's been a summer of comings and goings across the 12 clubs.

Here's a list of all the ins & outs ...

Bath
Director of rugby: Todd Blackadder
Players in: Darren Allinson (London Irish), Freddie Burns (Leicester), Shaun Knight (Dragons), Josh Lewis (Ebbw Vale), Anthony Perenise (Bristol), James Phillips (Bristol),
Sam Underhill (Ospreys).
Players out: Daniel Bowden (released), David Denton (Worcester), George Ford (Leicester), Robbie Fruean (Edinburgh), Joe Graham (Rotherham), Adam Hastings (Glasgow), Guy Mercer (Ospreys, loan), David Sisi (Zebre).
Pre-season matches: Bristol (a) W 34-31, Ospreys (a) W 28-14, Leinster (a) L 25-17.


Exeter
Director of rugby: Rob Baxter
Players in: James Freeman (Jersey), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester), Tom O’Flaherty (Ospreys), Toby Salmon (Rotherham), Wilhelm van der Sluys (Southern Kings), Nic White (Montpellier).
Players out: Will Hooley (Bedford), Dave Lewis (Harlequins), Niko Matawalu (released), Geoff Parling (Melbourne Rebels), Damian Welch (Cardiff), Ben White (Cardiff), Matt Jess, Tom Johnson, Haydn Thomas (all retired).
Pre-season matches: Cornish Pirates (h) W 47-15, Dragons (h) W 50-24, Cardiff Blues (a) L 21-20.


Gloucester
Director of rugby: David Humphreys
Head coach Johan Ackermann
Players in: Ruan Ackermann (Lions), Fraser Balmain (Leicester), Gareth Denman (Northampton), Jake Polledri (Hartpury), Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers), Owen Williams (Leicester), Val Rapava Ruskin (Worcester), Jason Woodward (Bristol), Ben Vellacott, Freddie Clarke, Lloyd Evans (all Academy).
Players out: Joe Batley (Bristol), Darren Dawidiuk (London Irish), Paul Doran-Jones (Wasps), James Hook (Ospreys), Sione Kalamafoni (Leicester), Matt Kvesic (Exeter), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne), Joe Latta (Bristol), Tom Lindsay (Bedford), Salesi Ma’afu (RC Narbonne), Jonny May (Leicester), Mat Protheroe (Bristol), Dan Thomas (Bristol), Yann Thomas (Stade Rouennais).
Pre-season matches: Leinster (a) L 50-14, Hartpury (h) W 41-33, Scarlets (h) W 40-21.


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Harlequins
Director of rugby: John Kingston
Players in: Renaldo Bothma (Bulls), Lewis Boyce (Yorkshire Carnegie), Demetri Catrakilis (Montpellier), Ben Glynn (Bristol), Dave Lewis (Exeter), Josh McNulty (Gloucester Academy), Francis Saili (Munster), Phil Swainston (Wasps).
Players out: Owen Evans (Doncaster), Tyler Gendall (Bristol), Matt Hopper (Oyonnax), George Lowe (retired), Dan Murphy (Hartpury), Matt Shields (Rotherham), Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow), Luc Jones, Robbie Nairn, Niall Saunders (all unattached), Karl Dickson, Nick Evans, Netani Talei, George Naoupu, Mark Reddish (all retired).
Pre-season matches: Bristol (a) W 33-19, London Irish (a) W 31-29, Jersey (h) W 47-21.


Leicester
Head coach: Matt O’Connor
Players in: George Ford (Bath), Joe Ford (Yorkshire Carnegie), Jonah Holmes (Yorkshire Carnegie), Sione Kalamafoni (Gloucester), Nick Malouf (Australia Sevens), Jonny May (Gloucester), Gareth Owen (Scarlets), Dominic Ryan (Leinster).
Players out: Fraser Balmain (Gloucester), Peter Betham (Clermont Auvergne), Riccardo Brugnara (Rovigo), Oli Bryant (Jersey), Freddie Burns (Bath), Ryan Olowofela (England Sevens), JP Pietersen (Toulon), Jack Roberts (Cardiff), Ed Slater (Gloucester), Owen Williams (Gloucester), Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow), Will Owen (released), Marcos Ayerza (retired).
Pre-season matches: Ospreys (a) W 21-14, Treviso (h) W 47-12, Ospreys (h) W 40-14.


London Irish
Director of rugby: Nick Kennedy
Players in: Darren Dawidiuk (Gloucester), Petrus Du Plessis (Saracens), Saia Fainga’a (Brumbies), Lasha Lomidze (Krasny Yar), Luke McLean (Beneton Treviso), Ben Meehan (Melbourne Rebels), Napolioni Nalaga (Lyon), Teofilo Paulo (Beneton Treviso), Gordon Reid (Glasgow Warriors), Manasa Saulo (Toulon), Jake Schatz (Rebels).
Players out: Darren Allinson (Bath), Gerard Ellis (Dragons), Luke Narraway (Coventry) Jerry Sexton (Jersey), Jebb Sinclair, Joe Trayfoot, Tevita Koloamatangi, George Robson (all released), Tom Court (retired).
Pre-season matches: Harlequins (h) L 31-29, Ealing (h) W 29-6, Richmond (a) W 50-12.


Newcastle
Director of rugby: Dean Richards
Players in: Ryan Burrows (Yorkshire Carnegie), Tevita Cavubati (Worcester), Cameron Cowell (England Sevens), Trevor Davison (Blaydon), Gary Graham (Jersey), Toby Flood (Toulouse), Joel Matavesi (Redruth), Josh Matavesi (Ospreys), Sami Mavinga (Lyon), Maxime Mermoz (Leicester), Adam Radwan (Darlington Mowden Park), Sam Stuart (Richmond), DTH van der Merwe (Scarlets), Charlie Wilson (Academy).
Players out: Fred Burdon (released), Joshua Chisanga (released), Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty), Archie Erskine (Edinburgh Rugby), Andrew Foster (Rotherham Titans), Ben Harris (Wasps), Marcus Watson (Wasps), Mouritz Botha, Tom Catterick, Sam Egerton (all retired).
Pre-season matches: Doncaster (h) W 31-8, Nottingham (h) W 49-19, Rotherham (h) W 59-14, Edinburgh (a) L 14-10, Doncaster (a) L 35-26.


Northampton
Director of rugby: Jim Mallinder
Players in: Mitch Eadie (Bristol), Piers Francis (Blues), Jamal Ford-Robinson (Bristol) Rob Horne (Waratahs), Cobus Reinach (Sharks) Francois Van Wyk (Western Force).
Players out: Sion Bennett (Cardiff), Calum Clark (Saracens), Gareth Denman (Gloucester Rugby), Lee Dickson (Bedford), JJ Hanrahan (Leinster), Sam Olver (Worcester), Howard Packman (Bedford), Louis Picamoles (Montpellier), Ethan Waller (Worcester), James Wilson, Sam Dickinson, Jake Ilnicki, George Pisi (all released).
Pre-season matches: Dragons (h) W 71-21, Nottingham (h) W 32-21, Glasgow (a) W 19-14, Ulster (h) W 55-15.


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Sale
Director of rugby: Steve Diamond
Players in: Will Cliff (Bristol Rugby), WillGriff John (Doncaster), Marc Jones (Bristol Rugby), Faf de Klerk (Lions), James O’Connor (Toulon), Jono Ross (Stade Francais), Josh Strauss (Glasgow), Alexandru Tarus (Bezier).
Players out: Sam Bedlow (Bristol), Andrew Hughes (Sale FC), Kieran Longbottom (Saracens), James Mitchell (Connacht), Dan Mugford (Plymouth Albion), Matt Rogerson (Jersey), Peter Stringer (Worcester), Sam Tuitupou (Coventry), Neil Briggs, Mike Phillips (both retired), Charlie Ingall, Tim Jeffers, Magnus Lund, Jonathan Mills, Tom Morton, Connor Dever, (all released).
Pre-season matches: Castres (a) W 31-14, Edinburgh (a) W 24-20.


Saracens
Director of rugby: Mark McCall
Players in: Calum Clark (Northampton), Dominic Day (Rebels), Tom Griffiths (Academy), Kieran Longbottom (Sale), Will Skelton (Waratahs), Hayden Thompson-Stringer (Academy), Christopher Tolofua (Toulouse), Tom Whiteley (Academy), Liam Williams (Scarlets).
Players out: Chris Ashton (Toulon), Petrus Du Plessis (London Irish), Tom Lindsay (Bedford), George Perkins (Bristol), Jared Saunders (Jersey), Brian Tuilagi (Dax), Samu Vunisa (Glasgow), Fa’atiga Lemalu (released), Tim Streather Neil De Kock, Jim Hamilton, Kelly Brown, Will Fraser (all retired).
Pre-season matches: USA Islanders (a) W 92-0, Bedford (a) W 55-18, Timisoara Saracens (h) W 49-0.


Wasps
Director of rugby: David Young
Players in: Paul Doran Jones (Gloucester), Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris (Nottingham), Ben Harris (Newcastle), Juan de Jongh (Stormers), Gabiriele Lovobalavu (Bayonne), Marcus Watson (Newcastle).
Players out: Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Tom Bristow (released), Nick De Luca (retired), Carlo Festuccia (retired), Frank Halai (Pau), Tom Howe (Worcester), Alapati Leiua (Bristol), Phil Swainston (Harlequins).
Pre-season matches: Ulster (a) W 26-15, Connacht (h) W 40-22.


Worcester
Director of rugby: Gary Gold
Players in: David Denton (Bath), Tom Howe (Wasps), Simon Kerrod (Jersey), Sam Olver (Northampton), Pierce Phillips (Jersey), Peter Stringer (Sale), Ethan Waller (Northampton).
Players out: Derrick Appiah (London Scottish), Tevita Cavubati (Newcastle), Mike Daniels (Hartpury College), Tiff Eden (Nottingham), James Johnston (Brive), Ryan Lamb (La Rochelle), Na’ama Leleimalefaga (Brive), Val Rapava Ruskin (Gloucester), Auguy Slowik (Northern Suburbs), Chris Vui (Bristol), Phil Dowson (retired), Andy Short (retired), Sam Betty, Tom Biggs, Connor Braid, Jaba Bregvadze, Ryan Grant, Cooper Vuna (all released).
Pre-season matches: Hartpury (h) W 55-21, Birmingham Moseley (a) L 24-15, Munster (h) L 35-26.

Wales and Lions full-back Liam Williams has been captured by Saracens, and talented by troubled Australian James O'Connor is about to don a Sale shirt
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