Five rugby union players that have returned for second spell at former club

14 February 2017 03:24

England fly-half George Ford is to rejoin Leicester from Bath next season.

Ford made his Leicester first-team debut as a 16-year-old, making more than 40 appearances before moving to Bath in 2013.

Here, we look at five other high-profile players that have returned to their former club for a second spell.

DANNY CIPRIANI

Cipriani started his career at the Wasps academy in 2003 and played nearly 100 matches for the London club. Handed his England debut during his first stint, Cipriani then departed for the Melbourne Rebels in 2010 before signing for Sale Sharks two years later. But - after being overlooked by England head coach Eddie Jones - Cipriani was persuaded to rejoin Wasps last year.

JAMES HASKELL

The England forward is another who kicked off his career with Wasps. He spent seven years there before joining Stade Francais and helping them reach the final of the European Cup. Released by the French club, Haskell then enjoyed spells in Japan with the Ricoh Black Rams and then New Zealand's Highlanders before moving back to Wasps in 2013.

JONATHAN DAVIES

The Wales centre made his debut with Scarlets in 2006, but seven years later - shortly after making his first appearance for the British and Irish Lions in the 2013 tour of Australia - he agreed a move to French Club Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14. But Davies was back at Scarlets in 2015 after signing a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union.

JAMES HOOK

The Gloucester fly-half will rejoin Ospreys at the end of the season six years after he left the Welsh club. Hook began his career with Ospreys before moving to Perpignan in the Top 14 in 2011. The Wales international made 68 appearances for the French club before activating a get-out clause when they were relegated. He joined Gloucester in 2014 before agreeing to return to Ospreys.

STEPHEN JONES

Jones moved to Clermont Auvergne after eight years with Scarlets. The Wales international enjoyed two successful seasons with the French club before heading back to Scarlets in 2006. Six years later Jones left Scarlets for a second time to join Wasps. In 2015, he returned to Scarlets as a backs coach.

Source: PA