Rauluni gives Saracens strength in depth

Moses Rauluni joined Saracens' growing Fijian contingent after agreeing a move from Brisbane Easts to Vicarage Road yesterday.

Moses Rauluni joined Saracens' growing Fijian contingent after agreeing a move from Brisbane Easts to Vicarage Road yesterday.

The 28-year-old scrum-half - a key member of Fiji's World Cup squad - will link up with his international colleagues Simon Raiwalui and Nicky Little.

The Saracens head coach, Rod Kafer, said: "Signing Moses means we have significant strength in depth at scrum-half. It's a crucial position and along with Morgan Williams and Kyran Bracken we now have three international scrum-halves in the squad. He is a different style of player to both Kyran and Morgan and all three will complement each other."

Rauluni is in Fiji preparing for the Pacific Tri-Nations, and the younger brother of the .former Rotherham scrum-half Jacob Rauluni has been named captain for Fiji's Tests against Tonga and Samoa early next month.

"It's a great opportunity for me to play for such a famous club as Saracens," he said. "I'm really looking forward to hooking up with Rod, Simon, Nicky and the other boys."

Declan Kidney has signed a three-year contract to become Leinster's director of rugby less than a month after agreeing to coach the Gwent Dragons. Leinster sacked Gary Ella on Monday as punishment for their failure to reach the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup, while their form in the Celtic League was equally disappointing.

Ella, an Australian, has been replaced by Kidney, who was handed the coaching reins at Rodney Parade on 6 May after Mike Ruddock had accepted the Wales job.

Kidney had been assistant to the Ireland coach, Eddie O'Sullivan, for the past two seasons but when the Irish Rugby Football Union offered homa different role he turned it down.

The Dragons handed him the coaching position he craved but the prospect of a return to Ireland has proved too strong to resist. "I have been extremely happy in my association with Gwent Dragons and would like to state that my decision is based solely on family reasons," Kidney said. "I would like to thank the Dragons' management for facilitating my move back to Ireland."

Kidney will begin work at Leinster on 1 August and the province's rugby chief executive, Michael Dawson, said: "Declan is an outstanding coach with huge experience of the domestic, club and the international game. Having secured the services of all our international players for the coming season, and with the number of quality young players coming through the system,I believe that Declan's expertise will help Leinster move forward."

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