NIK SIMON'S GAIN LINE: Sale eyeing ambitious move for England pair

NIK SIMON’S GAIN LINE: Sale eyeing ambitious move for England stars Jonny Hill and Jonathan Joseph while Covid passports are giving clubs a headache as they consider recruiting additional stewards

  • Sale are eyeing moves for England internationals Jonny Hill and Jonathan Joseph
  • Eddie Jones is keeping contact with England’s cricket team in Australia
  • Clubs could hire more stewards to help deal with Covid passports at stadiums 

Sale are eyeing up an ambitious move for England internationals Jonny Hill and Jonathan Joseph. Lock Hill could come in as a replacement for Glasgow-bound JP du Preez, after it emerged the Lions star has an exit clause in his contract with Exeter.

Rob Baxter is facing a battle to bring Exeter’s collective salary under the new £5million cap, with Wasps and Leicester also interested in recruiting Hill, should he decide to leave.

Baxter has admitted that top clubs are currently feeling the squeeze of the salary cap, saying: ‘Going down to a £5million cap is a big change. That realignment of salary expectations will be challenging. The ability to recruit players from outside the Premiership also becomes harder.’

Centre Joseph is out of contract with Bath next summer and is understood to be on Sale’s shortlist if Rohan Janse van Rensburg returns home to South Africa.’

Sale are eyeing moves for England stars Jonathan Joseph (pictured right) and Jonny Hill 

Jonny Hill could be brought in to replace Glasgow-bound JP du Preez who has an exit clause


Eddie Jones’s management team are keeping close contact with their cricket counterparts in Australia for the Ashes. 

England’s rugby team go to Australia next summer and will be taking advice from the ECB on how to deal with the country’s Covid restrictions. 

Jones said: ‘We will definitely pick up some information from them.’

Eddie Jones and England’s rugby side are set to travel to Australia next summer


Club owners are weighing up the financial viability of employing additional stewards to monitor Covid passports.

Fans will be required to provide their Covid status at sports events of more than 10,000 from this week, meaning clubs will incur logistical costs and potential delays before kick-off.

Clubs could introduce a temporary cap on ticket sales to avoid Covid passports. Worcester and Newcastle are already exempt. Worcester reduced their capacity to 9,000 to allow for a temporary ‘red zone’, while Newcastle’s capacity dropped under 10,000 following the installation of a big screen.


Modelling scouts from Burberry made a surprise call to Newcastle this week to enquire about flanker Josh Basham.

Staff at the club thought they were being pranked when the high-end clothing brand invited their flanker down to London for a photoshoot.


Leicester winger Nemani Nadolo has thrown his considerable weight behind the campaign to scrap visa fees for veteran servicemen from the Commonwealth.

England winger Joe Cokanasiga spearheaded the charge after his father was refused entry to the UK from Fiji after 14 years of service.

After a tabled amendment was not voted through by MPs last week, 123kg winger Nadolo tweeted: ‘I’m not the one to get into politics but this just doesn’t make sense. 

‘You risk your life for Queen and Country only to get told you’re not welcome to live in the very country you risked your life for once you’re done… it’s not hard to make changes is it?’

Nemani Nadolo has joined the campaign to scrap visa fees for veteran servicemen from the Commonwealth

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