Bristol Bears have signed Fiji star Semi Radradra on a three-year contract.

The 27-year-old wing will move to Ashton Gate ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season.

Radradra lit up the Rugby World Cup pool stages in Japan this year despite Fiji winning only one match, against Georgia, and losing to Australia, Uruguay and Wales.

Formerly of Toulon before joining Bordeaux-Begles last year, Radradra also scored 82 tries in 94 appearances in the NRL for Parramatta Eels.

"I'm looking forward to coming to the Premiership and to be playing under [director of rugby] Pat Lam at Bristol Bears," he told the club's website. 

"They are one of the most exciting teams in Europe right now and the way that they are doing things is making everybody take notice.

"I visited the world-class facilities at Ashton Gate and saw the progress of the new training ground – it's a fantastic club to be joining with a bright future ahead. I can't wait to get started and contributing to the Bristol Bears vision."

"There is no doubt that Semi is one of the best players in the world – he's truly a world-class performer and we are so excited about what he can do for the team," Lam added.

"Every top club across both codes on the planet wanted him, so for Bristol to be able to bring in a player of his quality underlines the fantastic work that the club is doing. Semi has clarity about our vision and knows what the club want to achieve. As a person and a player, he is perfect for our culture which places an emphasis on community and high performance.

"I got to know Semi well at the Barbarians and we were blown away by his professionalism and dedication. He is world-class because of the relentless work and preparation he puts into his game, day in day out. It’s no surprise that he has taken the World Cup and French Top 14 by storm – Semi is the ultimate professional.

"We believe the Premiership is the best league in the world and Semi's arrival into the league will only enhance the product further. He's an unstoppable force and we are looking forward to seeing him light up the competition for the next three seasons."

England full-back Anthony Watson will be sidelined for at least a month after suffering a knee injury in Bath's European Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins last weekend.

There were concerns that Watson could be facing another lengthy lay-off when he was injured in his first game since England's Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa.

Bath on Tuesday revealed that the British and Irish Lion will be out until Christmas at least after suffering a medial collateral ligament tear.

That diagnosis will be a relief to England head coach Eddie Jones, with the Six Nations getting under way at the start of February.

Watson returned to action in April after 13 months out with a ruptured Achilles.

Premiership side Bath are waiting to discover how long Charlie Ewels will be unavailable after the lock also injured his knee in Quins' 15-9 victory at The Stoop on Saturday.

Ewels, capped 12 times by England, sustained a slightly higher grade of ACL tear to Watson.

Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said: "The collision-based demands of our game are tough and it is never easy to see a player leave the field with an injury.

"We are pleased however that in Anthony's case, his injury is not as serious as first thought. We are waiting for further detail on Charlie and will share an update as soon as we are able.

"Both Anthony and Charlie will now work with our Performance Department in order to come back stronger and perform at their very best when the time is right."

Ben Te'o has put any aspirations of returning to the England squad on the backburner having signed for Super Rugby side the Sunwolves.

The 32-year-old has won 18 caps for England but was left out of the squad for the recent Rugby World Cup, where Eddie Jones' side made it to the final only to be beaten by South Africa.

Te'o signed a short-term deal with Top 14 club Toulon following his omission and an England recall appears further from his mind now he has moved to Japan.

Under the Rugby Football Union's international selection policy, players who ply their trade overseas cannot be picked for the England team.

The 2020 Super Rugby season - which is set to be the Sunwolves' final campaign in the competition because of a dispute over their involvement - begins in February.

Karmichael Hunt is staying with the Waratahs, re-signing with the Super Rugby team for the 2020 season.

Hunt, 33, joined the Waratahs in January and played 12 games before suffering a knee injury.

Waratahs head coach Rob Penney is excited to have Hunt as part of his squad for next season.

"Everyone I've spoken to can't speak highly enough of Karmichael, his attitude, professionalism and experience will be extremely valuable this season," he said in a statement on Monday.

"He's a supremely talented athlete and from all reports, sets the example for our younger guys in the way he goes about his business, looks after his body and prepares for games.

"We've all seen what Karmichael's capable of across what's been an illustrious career, he brought that to the Waratahs in 2019 and will again play a vital role in the midfield next season.

"He's a player I'm really looking forward to working with and I'm pleased he's remaining a Waratah for another season."

Hunt is hoping for an improved campaign from the Waratahs, who finished 2019 with a 6-10 win-loss record as Daryl Gibson resigned as coach in June.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity the Waratahs gave me to play Super Rugby and the care and support provided by my team-mates and everyone within the organisation," Hunt said.

"My family and I are happy in New South Wales and the environment at the Waratahs is a huge part of that, it's a place that's been great for me both professionally and personally.

"We've got a good young squad of guys that I'm looking forward to playing alongside, sharing some of my experiences with and contributing to their development.

"Next season is a new challenge for all of us, it's exciting and I can't wait to get started."

Pierre Bourgarit was sent off for eye-gouging Tom Curry as Sale Sharks beat La Rochelle 25-15 and Montpellier clung on for a European Champions Cup win over Gloucester despite Jacques du Plessis' dismissal.

Curry was man of the match in his first appearance of the season for Sale on Sunday, three weeks after playing in England's Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa.

Yet the flanker was fortunate to escape without suffering damage when hooker Bourgarit inexplicably put his hand into the 21-year-old's eyes during a grapple late in the first half at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Bourgarit's early exit left La Rochelle down to 13 men, with Remi Leroux in the sin bin and the Sharks leading 10-7 courtesy of an early converted Rohan Janse van Rensburg try and AJ MacGinty's penalty.

Vincent Rattez touched down at the other end midway through the half and although Brock James levelled from the tee just after the break, La Rochelle's indiscipline proved to be costly.

Sale were awarded a penalty try as La Rochelle had Dany Priso sin-binned, before Chris Ashton scored his 40th Champions Cup five-pointer. World Cup winner Faf de Klerk made a winning return to Sale duty, with Jeremy Sinzelle's reply for La Rochelle coming too late to prevent the Sharks from going second in Pool 2.

Du Plessis was given his marching orders for an elbow on Gerbrandt Grobler in the second half as Montpellier edged out Gloucester 30-27 for their first win of the competition at the GGL Stadium.

Montpellier were 27-17 up when Du Plessis had a rush of blood and the lock would have been a relieved man when Premiership side Gloucester ran out of time to secure a first Pool 5 win.

Jan Serfontein, Caleb Timu and Nemani Nadolo crossed in the first half for the Top 14 outfit, with Matt Banahan and Joe Simpson touching down for the Cherry and Whites in a tense second half after Callum Braley got on the scoresheet four minutes prior to the break.

Saracens rebounded from an opening defeat to Racing 92 by hammering a depleted Ospreys side 44-3 in the European Champions Cup.

The holders have endured a miserable time of it lately after being hit with a mammoth £5.36million fine and 35-point Premiership deduction for breaching salary cap rules during the past three seasons.

But Elliot Daly impressed on his debut and England team-mates Mako Vunipola and George Kruis returned in a six-try showing.

Jack Singleton, Alex Lewington and Rotimi Segun (2) all touched down before a penalty try and a score from Richard Barrington put an Ospreys side devoid of Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Gareth Anscombe and George North to the sword.

Elsewhere in Pool 4, Finn Russell scored a superb nutmeg try as part of a fine display but Racing 92 played out a 21-21 draw at Munster.

Andrew Conway's 75th-minute score and J.J. Hanrahan's excellent conversion earned a point for the hosts at Thomond Park.

Stuart Hogg was on the winning side against former employees Glasgow Warriors as Exeter Chiefs triumphed 34-18 to make it two from two in Pool 2.

Henry Slade, Jonny Hill, Sam Simmonds and Tom O'Flaherty all scored tries, while Nick Grigg and George Turner registered for the Warriors.

Top 14 leaders Lyon lost for the second successive European game as last season's losing finalists Leinster scrapped to a 13-6 win on their travels – Max Deegan's first-half score ultimately proving crucial.

The other match in Pool 1 saw Northampton Saints record a thrilling 35-32 triumph at Benetton Treviso.

Dan Biggar nailed a last-gasp penalty to complete a fine fightback for Saints, who scored 17 second-half points – Ollie Sleightholme touching down and Tom Collins celebrating a second try of the game.

Connacht enjoyed a winning return to Europe's premier competition with an opening victory over Montpellier but were brought crashing back to earth in Pool 5, suffering a 32-17 defeat at Toulouse.

Rounding out the action, Harlequins edged out domestic rivals Bath 15-9 to get up and running in Pool 3.

John Cooney scored 13 points, including a superb second-half try, to help Ulster record a hard-fought 18-13 European Champions Cup win over Clermont Auvergne on Friday.

The Pro14 side went ahead inside the opening minute with a penalty, setting the tone for an impressive first-half performance that saw Jordi Murphy cross following a rolling maul at a line-out.

Cooney added the conversion as well as a further penalty before the break, with the only response from Clermont coming from the boot of Greig Laidlaw, making it 13-3 at the midway stage of the contest.

Scotland international Laidlaw landed a second penalty to cut the gap only for Ulster to reply with a try from Cooney that saw the scrum-half hack on his own kick over the top before diving on the loose ball.

Clermont made it a nervy finish by forcing a penalty try with nine minutes remaining, though they were forced to settle for a losing bonus point. Ulster, meanwhile, top Pool 3 after recording back-to-back triumphs in Europe.

Bath will seek specialist help to aid Joe Cokanasiga's recovery after the England international returned from the Rugby World Cup with a knee injury.

The Premiership club released a statement on Friday that said Cokanasiga will be "unable to begin a competitive campaign for the club", with no scheduled time announced for the wing's return to action.

"In order to provide Joe the best possible management plan and rehabilitation process, Bath's medical department are enlisting the services of world-leading specialists to ensure expert opinion is considered to deliver an optimal pathway to recovery," the statement read.

"The club's priority is to maximise his chances to perform at the very highest level."

The 22-year-old has won nine caps for England and played once at the World Cup, scoring two tries in the 45-7 win over the United States.

As well as Cokanasiga, Bath will also send Zach Mercer to see a specialist to discover the extent of the knee issue he suffered during the European Champions Cup game against Ulster.

Henry Thomas, meanwhile, will miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

"Joe is a phenomenal talent and a powerful athlete, and we must manage him very carefully in the coming months to allow for the issues he has come back from Japan with to begin to be resolved," Stuart Hooper, the club's director of rugby, said.

"We have no doubt that Henry, Zach and Joe can come back stronger and our performance department will support them in every possible way to ensure they have the best rehabilitation and return to performance."

Franco Smith will be at the Italy helm for the 2020 Six Nations as the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) continues its search for a permanent successor to Conor O'Shea.

Irishman O'Shea stepped down last week after over three years in the role, with Italy having failed to advance through a Rugby World Cup pool that included reigning champions New Zealand and eventual winners South Africa.

Wins over Namibia and Canada gave them some cause for cheer, although Italy were denied a meeting with the All Blacks – and therefore any shot at qualifying for the knockout stage – by the untimely arrival of Typhoon Hagibis. 

The FIR confirmed the make-up of the nation's coaching staff for the international window in February to March of next year, with former Springbok Smith leading a team that also includes Giampiero De Carli and Marius Goosen.

Smith, who was most recently with the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, will be out to avoid a fifth consecutive wooden spoon for Italy at the Six Nations.

A new coach is expected to be appointed by July 1.

Scotland assistant coach Danny Wilson will replace Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie on a two-year deal.

Rennie was on Wednesday unveiled as Australia head coach, signing a contract taking the New Zealander through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The Warriors wasted no time in announcing that Wilson will succeed Rennie at head coach when he departs at the end of the Pro14 season.

Wilson joined the Scotland coaching staff in August 2018 after a successful three-year tenure as Cardiff Blues chief, during which time he masterminded a European Challenge Cup triumph and led the club back into the Champions Cup.

The 43-year-old said: "The opportunity to coach such an attractive club as Glasgow Warriors was too good to miss.

"I've been extremely impressed with the Scottish system in recent years and I'm looking forward to working with an exciting and talented squad of players at the Warriors.

"I want to build on the high-tempo style of play that I know the fans love and pay to see week in, week out.

"The club has been challenging at the top end of the Pro14 on a regular basis and as a coach it is that type of environment and culture you want to be involved in.

"I took a huge amount of learnings from the time I have spent with Scotland through Six Nations and the World Cup and I’m thankful for that experience, which can only add to how I take on a new head coach role with Glasgow Warriors."

Rugby World Cup champions South Africa will face Scotland twice and play a one-off match with Georgia in July next year.

The Springboks secured a famous victory over England in a surprisingly one-sided final in Japan last month, Rassie Erasmus' side running out 32-12 winners. 

By contrast, Scotland failed to qualify from their pool after losing to Ireland and Japan.

The European nation will head to South Africa for a pair of fixtures on July 4 and 11, with the Springboks also scheduled to host Georgia the following week.

While South Africa and Scotland have met many times, the Boks have faced Georgia only once – in a pool match at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Georgia won one of their four games in Japan, beating Uruguay 33-7.

The venues and kick-off times for all three games will be confirmed at a later date. 

Rugby Australia (RA) chief executive Raelene Castle said discussions were held with England head coach Eddie Jones before the Wallabies appointed Dave Rennie.

RA confirmed the appointment of New Zealander and Glasgow Warriors boss Rennie as Michael Cheika's replacement on Wednesday.

Cheika vacated his position following Australia's quarter-final defeat to England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

A return to Australia was touted for Jones, who was sacked by the Wallabies in 2005, but Castle revealed it was too difficult to prise the 59-year-old from England.

"We had discussions with Eddie," she told a news conference for Rennie's appointment midweek.

"But he was contracted to England, and tightly contracted, which ruled him out."

Rennie – a two-time Super Rugby-winning coach with the Chiefs – is the second New Zealander to coach the Wallabies, following in the footsteps of Robbie Deans.

Deans took over in 2007 and he guided Australia to third place at the 2011 World Cup before being axed in 2013.

Having been encouraged to apply for the All Blacks vacancy following Steve Hansen's exit, Rennie told Rugby.com.au: "I'm a proud Kiwi but the big thing is I've been talking to Australia for a lot of months and the All Blacks interest came in late in the piece and by that stage, we'd done a lot of homework, we were really excited about the opportunity to go to Australia and that ended up being an easy decision."

Rennie, who will not arrive until July, added: "I think Australians want their national team coached by an Australian and I'm OK with that.

"Hopefully, they're feeling that way because they care about Aussie rugby and all I can say is everywhere I've gone I've immersed myself in the community and the culture.

"I guess we'll be judged by what we do as opposed to what I say now but I can assure you that I care about he future of Australian rugby, going to work really hard to get a strong connection with the Super Rugby coaches and a national age grade coaches to ensure we've got good young talent through and good pathways for them."

Dave Rennie will become the Wallabies' new head coach, Rugby Australia have confirmed, though he will not start in the role until July 2020.

Rennie, who will complete his commitments with Glasgow Warriors before taking charge next year, has signed a deal running through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The 55-year-old New Zealander won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Chiefs before heading to Europe to continue his coaching career, having previously had a spell in charge of the All Blacks' Under-20 team.

His appointment ends the search to find a replacement for Michael Cheika, whose tenure came to an end with Australia's quarter-final defeat to England at this year's World Cup in Japan.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle confirmed Rennie was their preferred candidate, while also announcing director of rugby Scott Johnson will take charge of the national team in the short term.

"This is a massive coup for Australian rugby. Dave Rennie was the clear standout candidate for the job, and we're thrilled to have secured his services," Castle said in a statement.

"Dave's coaching philosophy focuses equally on football and team culture, the key pillars to building sustainable success in any team. He has a proven track record in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

"Given incumbent head coach Michael Cheika had indicated in early 2019 the possibility that he would not seek re-appointment for the role, we needed to identify a list of candidates that would be available to us, and suitable to work within our new high performance framework. This search has been ongoing for the past six months.

"When Michael then confirmed he would not seek re-appointment following our Rugby World Cup exit, we moved to appoint our preferred candidate."

Dave Rennie will become the Wallabies' new head coach, Rugby Australia have confirmed, though he will not start in the role until July 2020.

Saracens have been fined for failing to attend the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup launch in Cardiff this month.

Sarries director of rugby Mark McCall and captain Brad Barritt were not present at the event on November 6, a day after the European champions were docked 35 Premiership points and fined £5.36million for breaching salary cap regulations.

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) imposed a financial penalty on the champions of England for the no-show in the Welsh capital.

The London club accepted their absence constituted a breach of Champions Cup media rules, compromising EPCR's ability to deliver the rights contracted to its broadcast, commercial and media partners.

Sarries accepted breaching the Champions Cup Participation Agreement and have paid an undisclosed sum to EPCR.

The three-time European champions on Monday revealed they would not appeal against their punishment for salary-cap breaches, as challenging the sanctions would be a "costly, time consuming and destabilising exercise."

McCall's, winners of the Champions Cup in three of the last four seasons, were beaten 30-10 at Racing 92 in their first game of the 2019-20 competition on Sunday.

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