London Irish could join Wasps and Worcester in being suspended from the Premiership on Tuesday following a season of unprecedented financial turmoil in English club rugby.
Worcester’s hopes of returning to rugby union next season have suffered a blow after a takeover bid was rejected on Friday, while fellow crisis club Wasps were given the green light to feature in the English Championship.
The Sharks have signed Springbok centre Francois Venter from troubled Premiership club Worcester Warriors.
Wasps have withdrawn from Saturday’s English Premiership rugby game against Exeter with the cash-strapped club “likely” to enter administration within days.
Here’s a wrap of all the action involving South African players in England and France, including a look at how embattled Worcester Warriors got their first win of the season.