VIDEO: Are these players on the move in 2018?
WATCH: The rugby rumour mill has gone into overdrive throughout the month of December, with speculation mounting over numerous players.
Here are some of the more interesting rumours that have been thrown about over the past month for 2018 moves.
Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira
The Zimbabwean-born South African has been linked with a move to Bordeaux Bégles by a number of French websites.
The loosehead has amassed 98 Springbok caps and 131 appearances for the Sharks.
At 32-years-of-age, Mtawarira is at a stage where a move to the Top 14 would make sense, with one eye on retirement in the coming years.
Wasps expect to be able to confirm their fly-half’s situation in early January, with a string of Top 14 sides apparently interested in securing the signature of the 30-year-old.
Among the clubs reportedly interested are Lyon, Toulon and Stade Francais.
With Cipriani’s England prospects seemingly over, combined with his stalling tactics and unwillingness to commit to Wasps, a move seems possible.
George North has already confirmed that he will be leaving the Saints, having already signed a Welsh dual contract.
However, it is unclear which Welsh region North will be returning to but according to reports, the two most likely contenders are Bernard Jackman’s Dragons or Steve Tandy’s Ospreys.
Julian Savea has been linked with a possible code switch this month, rumours that the winger didn’t go out of his way to dispel.
“It’s always been in the back of my mind,” Savea told Newshub.
“I haven’t had any reason to leave rugby [union], [but] I’d definitely think about it.”
“You can’t think about it and not say no straight away, weigh up the pros and cons and what’s best for my family.”
The 29-year-old has been linked with most clubs in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, as well as a possible code switch since being given permission to speak to other clubs by the Reds.
Currently the most probable of the rumours is that he will sign with the Blues, having spent much of his Christmas break training with superstar Sonny Bill Williams in Auckland, fuelling speculation that a move to the Blues is in the works.