Coleman to join London Irish

Super Rugby
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by Beth Newman

Rebels lock Adam Coleman has become the lastest Australian to confirm a move overseas after signing with London Irish.

The newly-promoted club confirmed the signing on social media on Thursday night, though it has been somewhat of an open secret in Australia in recent months.

Coleman is one of a number of high-profile targets for London Irish but the second rower was one of their most sought, reportedly given an offer he couldn't refuse.

He will head to England after the 2019 Rugby World Cup but the English club didn't confirm the length of his new contract.

The 27-year-old made his Super Rugby debut for the Waratahs back in 2013, playing just one game before moving to the Western Force where he truly began to make his mark in the competition.

The lock made his Wallabies debut in 2016 and quickly became a mainstay of the match-day 23 when fit, taking over the lineout-calling duties.

Coleman said he was excited about the future of Irish but his immediate focus was on this season with the Melbourne Rebels and Wallabies.

“I’m really looking forward to joining London Irish,” he said.

“It’s been clear talking to Declan (director of rugby Declan Kidney) and Les (head coach Les Kiss) that they’ve got big ambitions for the club, and as well as a good squad already in place, they are making some exciting signings as well.

"The plans for moving back into London look really good as well, and it will be a privilege to be a part of that journey.

“Before I move to London I’ll be fully committed to having a good Super Rugby campaign in Melbourne and hopefully helping Australia achieve success in the World Cup.”

The second rower follows NSW trio Curtis Rona, Nick Phipps and Sekope Kepu in joining the newly-promoted club for the 2019-20 season.

All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo is among the other high-profile additions to the team for next season.

PLAYER MOVEMENTS

What are some of Australia's capped Wallabies doing after the 2019 World Cup?

While this is no exhaustive list, take a look at where some of Australia's biggest Super Rugby names are looking for 2020 and beyond.

Leaving

Waratahs

Curtis Rona - London Irish

Nick Phipps - London Irish

Sekope Kepu - London Irish

Reds

Scott Higginbotham - Bordeaux

Sefa Naivalu - Stade Francais

Brumbies

Rory Arnold - Toulouse

Sam Carter - Ulster

Rebels

Adam Coleman - London Irish

Staying

Waratahs 

Michael Hooper -2023

Jack Dempsey - 2020

Tom Robertson - 2020

Reds

Taniela Tupou - 2020

Izack Rodda - 2020

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto - 2020

Brumbies

Allan Alaalatoa - 2023

Tom Banks - 2022

Joe Powell - 2020

James Slipper - 2020

Rebels

Dane Haylett-Petty - 2021

Reece Hodge - 2020

Jack Maddocks - 2020

Jermaine Ainsley - 2020

Luke Jones - 2020

Unconfirmed

Waratahs

Bernard Foley

Karmichael Hunt

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Kurtley Beale

Reds

Samu Kerevi

Brumbies

Scott Sio

David Pocock

Tevita Kuridrani

Christian Lealiifano

Henry Speight

Rebels

Will Genia

Marika Koroibete

Quade Cooper