Here are your evening headlines from the world of rugby.
Ruddock’s Ospreys appointment could become ‘longer term’
Former Grand Slam-winning Wales coach Mike Ruddock’s appointment at the Ospreys could potentially be made long term.
Ruddock is set to take on a temporary consultancy role at the Liberty Stadium, with managing director Andrew Millward claiming he will only be brought on board for one month.
However, Landsdowne FC, the club Ruddock has left to join the Pro 14 outfit, have suggested that his role in SA1 could go beyond that timeframe.
In the wake of the news, the club tweeted: “With regret but with our full support we announce that with immediate effect Mike Ruddock has taken a position with Ospreys to become initially a Consultant for a month but may turn into a longer commitment. Mike & Ospreys have kept us fully informed at all times.”
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Williams closing in on Scarlets move
Liam Williams is understood to be closing in a sensational return to the Scarlets.
The Wales and British Lions full-back is coming towards the end of his contract with English Premiership side Saracens, and has also attracted interest from a number of French clubs.
The Ospreys were at one stage believed to be in pole position to bring the 28-year old back over the Severn, but it appears now that he will return to Parc y Scarlets, whom he left to join Saracens back in 2017.
Williams is understood to have already held talks in Llanelli and is believed to be impressed by the set-up and, while a deal has not yet been finalised, sources close to the player have suggested that Scarlets are closing in.
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Toulon changes hands
Mourad Boudjellal has officially sold his majority stake in French giants Toulon.
Reports in France over the weekend suggested that Boudjellal was set to sell his shares in the club to pharmaceutical millionaire Bernard LeMaitre, who already owned 44 per cent of the club.
And the news has now been confirmed, with Boudjellal stating in a press conference in France today: “The Top 14 requires significant financial capital, especially to provide our club with high-level sports infrastructure.
“I am pleased that Bernard Lemaitre’s collaboration allows us to compare ourselves to the best clubs in Europe.”
Lima Sopoaga hits back at exit rumours
Wasps fly-half Lima Sopoaga has denied that he is set to leave the club, despite recent speculation.
Sopoaga, who’s been capped 16 times over the weekend, has struggled to make an impact at the Gallagher Premiership strugglers since replacing Danny Cipriani in 2018, and his future has subsequently come under recent scrutiny.
Reports over the weekend suggested that he would not be activating the option for a third year on his contract at the club, but the player himself has taken to Twitter to deny those suggestions.
He said: “If everything rumoured about me were true, I’d be in five different places in the world at once, 7foot tall and playing for the Lakers… ok the last two aren’t rumours, just my dreams,” he said.
“I’m not going anywhere. If you wanna find me, I’ll be chasing my two-year-old on her scooter around Leamington.”