EXCLUSIVE: England contender Paolo Odogwu could change allegiance to ITALI for next year’s World Cup after being sacked by Wasps, with several European clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old defender
- Paolo Odogwu, 25, could shift his allegiance from England to Italy
- The promising defender has been in England’s training squads but has yet to be capped
- He was sacked by Wasps and is attracting interest from European clubs
- He could play in the World Cup for Italy, for whom he qualifies through his father
England contender Paolo Odogwu has a chance to change allegiances to Italy after being fired by Wasps.
Sports post understands that Benneton Treviso is among a number of European clubs interested in signing the 25-year-old back.
Odogwu qualifies for Italy through his father and was recently approached by national team coach Kieran Crowley about the 2023 World Cup.
England back Paolo Odogwu could change international allegiance to Italy after leaving Wasps
Odogwu has been named in England’s training squads by Eddie Jones, but has yet to be capped
Eddie Jones has previously called up Odogwu for training camps in England, but he has yet to get his hands on the powerful free agent.
Odogwu’s former Wasps teammates are attracting interest across France.
Brive is among a host of clubs interested in Joe Launchbury, while prop Biyo Alo will sign for French giants Racing 92.
Giant prop Alo moved quickly after he and his Wasps teammates lost their jobs following the club’s move to administration. He was on trial this week with the club from Paris.
It is clear that Alo will soon sign a deal with Racing and will join another former Wasp in Christian Wade in the TOP14 outfit.
The pair will work closely with fly-half Finn Russell, who was a shocking omission from the Scottish squad for the autumn internationals on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old left Wasps after they were in administration and is attracting a lot of interest
Brive is among a host of clubs interested in Joe Launchbury, who also plans to leave Wasps
Elsewhere, England have confirmed they will meet Ireland next summer as part of their preparations for the 2023 World Cup.
Head coach Eddie Jones had already arranged a home and away game with Wales and a Twickenham meeting with Fiji as part of their tournament preparations.
But they are now also traveling to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday 19 August.
“It’s a great opportunity to compare ourselves to the current No. 1 team in the world,” said Jones, who confirmed his team this week for four crunch tests in November.
“We’re looking forward to taking on them in front of a lively Irish crowd and working to be at our best for when the Rugby World Cup kicks off.”
Bath’s hopes for a new stadium development at their historic The Rec home have come a step closer following the lifting of a Supreme Court ruling over the site.
England will face Ireland next summer as part of their preparation for the 2023 World Cup