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Jack Willis rejects three Premiership clubs for moving abroad

England winger Jack Willis has reportedly turned down three Premiership clubs to sign a big-money deal abroad.

The Wasps went into administration on October 17, 2022, and Willis was fired along with all other players and coaching staff.

The 25-year-old, who saw his younger brother sign for Bordeaux yesterday, turned down proposals from Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam, Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick and Northampton boss Saints, Phil Dowson.

Instead, The Telegraph now reports that Toulouse are the club most likely to land the striker.



Jack Willis Facts:

  1. Willis played junior rugby for Reading Abbey RFC before joining Wasps Senior Academy in 2015
  2. He made his debut for England against Georgia in 2020 at the Autumn Nations Cup and opened the scoring with a debut try in the 15th minute as England won 40-0.
  3. Willis won the World Rugby U20 Championship with England in 2016
  4. He candidly documented the psychological struggles of a long-term second injury in a series of articles with The timesadmitting that: “There have been times when I thought I would not return.”

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Back-three:

  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 11. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath RFC)
England’s Freddie Steward goes for a try during the Autumn Nations match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

DID YOU KNOW?

  • In May 2022, Steward was named a Rugby Players Association. Player’s Young Player of the Year Y England Men’s Player of the Season
  • In April 2017, Nowell was called up for the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, becoming the first player selected from Exeter Chiefs by the Lions.
  • Cokanasiga was born in Fiji but before he was three years old he moved to England with his father, Ilaitia, who was in the British Army.

Centers:

  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sharks for Sale)
England’s Manu Tuilagi during the Autumn Nations match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

DID YOU KNOW?

  • He was named Manusamoa, after the Samoan national team name Manu Samoa, because his brother Freddie was selected for Samoa in the 1991 World Cup, the year Manu was born.

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