Team-by-team guide to the 2018-19 season
All the key summer transfers
Director of rugby Todd Blackadder
Players in Will Chudley (Exeter), Joe Cokanasiga (London Irish), Alex Davies (Yorkshire Carnegie), Victor Delmas (Colomiers), Ruaridh McConnochie (England Sevens), Lucas Noguera (Jaguares), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins), Jacques van Rooyen (Lions), Jackson Willison (Worcester).
Players out Nick Auterac (Harlequins), Matt Banahan (Gloucester Rugby), Nathan Charles (Melbourne Rebels), Will Homer (Jersey), Rory Jennings (London Scottish), Shaun Knight (Rouen), Josh Lewis (Dragons), Guy Mercer (released), Kane Palma-Newport (Colomiers), James Phillips (Sale Sharks), Ben Tapuai (Harlequins), Jeff Williams (released), James Wilson (Southland).
Pre-season games Edinburgh (A) W 12-10, Scarlets (H) W 45-12.
Head coach Pat Lam
Players in John Afoa (Gloucester), Jake Armstrong (Jersey), Luke Daniels (Ealing), Ollie Dawe (academy), Tiff Eden (Nottingham), Jake Heenan (Connacht), Ed Holmes (Exeter), James Lay (Bay of Plenty), Jordan Lay (Edinburgh), Tom Lindsay (Bedford), Shaun Malton (Exeter), Aly Muldowney (Grenoble), Piers O’Conor (Ealing), Tom Pincus (Jersey), Charles Piutau (Ulster), Harry Randall, (Gloucester), George Smith (Queensland Reds), Nic Stirzaker (Melbourne Rebels), Harry Thacker (Leicester), Lewis Thiede (Ealing), Yann Thomas (Rouen), Jake Woolmore (Jersey).
Players out Ryan Bevington (Dragons), Gaston Cortes (Leicester), Max Crumpton (Harlequins), Tyler Gendall (Cornish Pirates), Alex Giltrow (released), Ryan Glynn (released), Ben Gompels (released), Jason Harris-Wright (released), David Lemi (released), Jordan Liney (released), Ross McMillan (released), Giorgi Nemsadze (Ospreys), James Newey (released), Jack O’Connell (Ealing), Thretton Palamo (released), Olly Robinson (Cardiff Blues), Billy Searle (Wasps), Soane Tonga’uiha (Ampthill), Dan Tuohy (Vannes), Jack Wallace (Richmond), Jordan Williams (Dragons), Rhodri Williams (Dragons).
Pre-season games Scarlets (A) L 19-28, Nottingham (A) W 32-12, Connacht (A) L 12-14.
Director of rugby Rob Baxter
Players in Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff).
Players out Will Chudley (Bath), Harrison Cully (Brixham), Ed Holmes (Bristol), Kai Horstmann (retired), Shaun Malton (Bristol Bears), Carl Rimmer (retired), Julian Salvi (retired), Lachlan Turner (retired), Thomas Waldrom (Wellington).
Pre-season games Cornish Pirates (A) L 21-29, Cardiff (H) W 38-10, Munster (A) W 12-0.
Head coach Johan Ackermann
Players in Matt Banahan (Bath), Danny Cipriani (Wasps), Ruan Dreyer (Lions), Todd Gleave (London Irish), Gerbrandt Grobler (Munster), Tom Hudson (academy), Jaco Kriel (Lions), Franco Marais (Lions), Franco Mostert (Lions), Will Safe (academy).
Players out John Afoa (Bristol), Billy Burns (Ulster), Tom Denton (Ealing), David Halaifonua (Coventry), Richard Hibbard (Dragons), Motu Matu’u (London Irish), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Cameron Orr (Western Force), Jacob Rowan (released), Andy Symons (Northampton Saints), Jeremy Thrush (Western Force).
Pre-season games Ulster (A) W 29-17, Dragons (H) W 40-31.
Head of rugby Paul Gustard
Players in Nick Auterac (Bath), Max Crumpton (Bristol), Alex Dombrandt (Cardiff Met), Nathan Earle (Saracens), Paul Lasike (Utah Warriors), Matt Symons (Wasps), Ben Tapuai (Bath).
Players out Sam Aspland-Robinson (Leicester), Joe Gray (released), Jake Hennessey (released), Cameron Holenstein (Jersey), Adam Jones (retired, now scrum coach), Charlie Matthews (Wasps), John Okafor (Yorkshire Carnegie), Charlie Piper (released), Jamie Roberts (Bath), Harry Sloan (Ealing), Winston Stanley (retired), Sam Twomey (London Irish).
Pre-season games Jersey (A) W 33-14, Glasgow (A) L 17-50, Ealing (H) W 22-8.
Head coach Matt O’Connor
Players in Sam Aspland-Robinson (Harlequins), Gaston Cortes (Bristol), David Denton (Worcester), Kyle Eastmond (Wasps), David Feao (Narbonne), Campese Ma’afu (Northampton), Will Spencer (Worcester), Jimmy Stevens (Nottingham), Guy Thompson (Wasps).
Players out Chris Baumann (released), Ben Betts (Ealing), Tom Brady (released), George Catchpole (retired), Luke Hamilton (Edinburgh), Joe Maksymiw (Connacht), Nick Malouf (Australia Sevens), George McGuigan (Newcastle), Logovi’i Mulipola (Newcastle), Afa Pakalani (released), Michele Rizzo (Petrarca), Dominic Ryan (released), Harry Thacker (Bristol), Kyle Traynor (released).
Pre-season games Cardiff (A) W 17-15, Benetton (A) L 10-26, London Irish (H) W 46-17.
Director of rugby Dean Richards
Players in Tom Arscott (Rouen), Pedro Bettencourt (Carcassonne), Connor Collett (North Harbour), Rob Farrar (academy), Guy Graham, (Hawick), Josh Hodge (Academy), Tom Marshall (academy), Will Montgomery (academy), George McGuigan (Leicester), Logovi’i Mulipola (Leicester), Paul Mullen, Nemani Nagusa (Aurillac), Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti (academy), Morgan Passman (academy), Johnny Williams (London Irish).
Players out Nick Civetta (Doncaster), Max Davies (released), Ally Hogg (retired), Jake Ilnicki (Yorkshire Carnegie), Nili Latu (Hino Red Dolphins), Scott Lawson (retired), Maxime Mermoz (Toulouse), Evan Olmstead (released), Juan Pablo Socino (Edinburgh), Ben Sowrey (released), Rob Vickers (released), Craig Willis (Ealing).
Pre-season games Nottingham (H) W 47-26, Leinster (A) W 42-17, Edinburgh (H) W 23-13, Doncaster (A) W 47-26.
Director of rugby Chris Boyd
Players in Dom Barrow (Leicester), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Charlie Davies (Dragons), Will Davis (Ealing), Ben Franks (London Irish), Joe Gray (Harlequins), James Haskell (Wasps), Andrew Kellaway (NSW Waratahs), Taqele Naiyaravoro (NSW Waratahs), Andy Symons (Gloucester Rugby).
Players out Will Allman (released), Matt Beesley (Ealing), Kieran Brookes (Wasps), Charlie Clare (Bedford), Christian Day (retired), Jamie Elliott (Bedford Blues), Juan Pablo Estelles (Rosario), Ben Foden (Rugby United, New York), Nic Groom (Lions), Rob Horne (retired), Tom Kessell (Coventry), Campese Ma’afu (Leicester Tigers), Stephen Myler (London Irish), George North (Ospreys), Ben Nutley (Coventry), Jordan Onojaife (Ealing), Michael Paterson (released), Tom Stephenson (London Irish).
Pre-season games Ospreys (A) W 26-13, Dragons (A) W 42-10, Glasgow (H) W 41-15.
Director of rugby Steve Diamond
Players in Ewan Ashman (academy), Chris Ashton (Toulon), Rouban Birch (academy), Ciaran Booth (academy), Connor Doherty (academy), Sam Dugdale (academy), Cal Ford (academy), Rohan Janse Van Rensburg (Lions), Joe Jones (Perpignan), Teddy Leatherbarrow (academy), James Phillips (Bath), Cameron Redpath (academy), Bevan Rodd (academy), Gus Warr (academy), Kieran Wilkinson (academy).
Players out Will Addison (Ulster), Halani Aulika (Grenoble), Mike Haley (Munster), TJ Ioane (London Irish), Marc Jones (Scarlets).
Pre-season games Doncaster (H) W 31-0, Castres (A) W 20-17.
Director of rugby Mark McCall
Players in Alex Lewington (London Irish), David Strettle (Clermont), Tom Woolstencroft (London Irish).
Players out Schalk Brits (retired), Danny Cutmore (Cornish Pirates), Nathan Earle (Harlequins), Mike Ellery (England Sevens), Mark Flanagan (Bedford), Matt Hankin (retired), Kieran Longbottom (Western Force), Tadgh McElroy (Bedford, loan), Jack Nay (Bedford, loan) Chris Wyles (retired).
Pre-season games Bedford (A) W 57-15, Ospreys (H) W 31-14.
Director of rugby Dai Young
Players in Joe Atkinson (London Scottish), Kieran Brookes (Northampton), Nizaam Carr (Stormers), Ambrose Curtis (Manawatu), Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris (academy), Michael Le Bourgeois (Bedford), Charlie Matthews (Harlequins), Ben Morris (Nottingham), Ross Neal (London Scottish), Billy Searle (Bristol), Brad Shields (Hurricanes), Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders), Will Stuart (academy), Tom West (academy), Zurabi Zhvania (Stade Francais).
Players out Guy Armitage (Ealing), Danny Cipriani (Gloucester), Paul Doran Jones (released), Kyle Eastmond (Leicester Tigers), James Haskell (Northampton), Sam Jones (retired), Alex Lundberg (Ealing), Brendan Macken (released), Marty Moore (Ulster), Guy Thompson (Leicester), Matt Symons (Harlequins).
Pre-season games Connacht (A) L 10-43, Ulster (H) W 31-14.
Director of rugby Alan Solomons
Players in Ashley Beck (Ospreys), Callum Black (Ulster), Cornell du Preez (Edinburgh), Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), Michael Heaney(Doncaster), Jono Lance (Queensland Reds), Isaac Miller (London Scottish), Farai Mudariki (Stado Tarbes), Scott van Breda (Jersey), Francois Venter (Cheetahs), Duncan Weir (Edinburgh).
Players out Biyi Alo (Soyaux Angouleme), David Denton (Leicester), Michael Dowsett (Canon Eagles), Andrew Durutalo (Ealing), Grayson Hart (London Scottish), Kurt Haupt (SWD Eagles), Tom Heathcote (released), Ben Howard (released), Donncha O’Callaghan (retired), Sam Olver (Ealing), Will Spencer (Leicester), Max Stelling (Hino Red Dolphins), Peter Stringer (retired), Huw Taylor (Dragons), Jackson Willison (Bath Rugby).
Pre-season games Benetton (A) W 14-12, Hartpury (H) W 52-24, Birmingham Moseley (H) W 57-0.
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