When the Premiership returns on the 14th of August, it will be 159 days after the last match was staged with Bristol Bears defeating Harlequins to mark their fifth Premiership win in a row, their longest winning streak in the English top-flight’s professional era.
Now that a return date has been set, Bristol Bears will have to be on their A-game in order to continue the solid foundation they have laid, and what better way to this than the injection of quality players into their team to continue their winning streak.
Here is a look at Premiership Rugby transfers as the clubs took the time off to reshuffle their packs and recruit the beasts they will need to unleash when the whistle blows to kickstart Round 14:
Players in: Ben Spencer (Saracens), Will Spencer (Leicester Tigers), Juan Schoeman (The Sharks)
Players out: Rhys Webb (Ospreys), Sam Nixon (Bayonne), Rhys Davies (Ospreys), Francois Louw (Retired), Freddie Burns (Toyota Shokki Shuttles), Chris Cook (Bristol Bears), Lucas Noguera, Levi Douglas, Will Britton, Matt Garvey, Jack Davies, Alex Davies, Aled Brew, Tom Homer, Jackson Willison
Players in: Semi Radradra (Bordeaux), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Mitch Eadie (Northampton Saints), Max Malins (Saracens – loan), Ben Earl (Saracens – loan), Chris Cook (Bath), Ratu Naulago (Hull, Rugby League)
Players out: Jordan Crane (retiring), Aly Muldowney (retiring), Mat Protheroe (Ospreys), Nicky Thomas (Ospreys), Ian Madigan (Ulster), Nic Stirzaker (Montauban), Shaun Malton (Released), Lewis Thiede (Ealing Trailfinders), Ian Madigan (Ulster), Nathan Chamberlain (Edinburgh Rugby), Joe Batley (Worcester Warriors), Sam Graham (Doncaster Knights)
Players in: Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Lyon), Aaron Hinkley (Gloucester), Corey Baldwin (Scarlets), Facundo Cordero.
Players out: Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors), Nic White (Brumbies), Sam Hill (Sale Sharks), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
Players in: Louis Rees-Zammit (promoted from Academy), Jack Singleton (Saracens), Jordy Reid (Ealing Trailfinders), Jonny May (Gloucester), Logovi'i Mulipola, Matt Garvey.
Players out: Callum Braley (Benetton), Aaron Hinkley (Exeter Chiefs), Jako Kreil (Lions), Johan Ackermann (Red Hurricanes), Tom Marshall (Red Hurricanes), Franco Marais (Red Hurricanes), Franco Mostert.
Players in: Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks), Wilco Louw (Stormers), Tyrone Green (Lions).
Players out: Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears), Nick Auterac (Northampton Saints), Phil Swainston (Rouen), Francis Saili (Biarittz), Harry Barlow, James Bourton, Niall Saunders, Lloyd Wheeldon, Luke James, Mark Lambert, Max Crumpton, Phil Swainston, Renaldo Bothma, Rob Buchanan, Semi Kunatani, Toby Freeman, Tom Penny, Travis Ismaiel, Vereniki Goneva
Players in: Zack Henry (Nevers), Nemani Nadolo (Montpellier), Shalva Mamukashvili (Enisei-STM), Cyle Brink (Lions), Oliver Chessum (Nottingham, Dan Kelly (Loughborough Students), Cameron Henderson (Glasgow Warriors), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Nick Isiekwe (Loan from Saracens), Jasper Wiese (Cheetahs), Kini Murimurivalu (La Rochelle), Kobus van Wyk (Hurricanes), Harry Potter (Melbourne Rebels),
Players out: Sam Costelow (Scarlets), Guy Thompson (Ealing Trailfinders), Jonny May (Gloucester), Jonah Holmes (Dragons), Jimmy Stevens (retired), Gaston Cortes (released), Owen Hills (released), Will Spencer (Released), Sione Kalamafoni (released), Adam Thompstone (released), EW Viljoen (released), Joe Thomas (released), Kyran Bungaroo (released), Leo Gilliand (released), Sam Everleigh (released), Cameron Jordan (released), Keston Lines (Released), Joe Batley (end of loan), Rory Hughes (end of loan), Andy Forsyth (end of loan), Ifereimi Boladau (end of loan), Will Spencer (Bath), Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks), Greg Bateman (released), Kyle Eastmond (released), Noel Reid (released), Telusa Veainu (released), Tatafu Polota-Nau
Players out: Belgium Tuatagaloa (Rouen), Scott Steele, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints), Dave Porecki, Franco van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Saia Fainga’a, Stephen Myler, Tom Stephenson, Barney Maddison, Bryce Campbell, Alivereti Veitokani
Players in: Matías Orlando (Jaguares)
Players out: Belgium Tuatagaloa (Rouen), John Wells (Rugby Colorno)
Players in: Nick Auterac (Harlequins), Tom James (Doncaster Knights), Callum Burns (Academy), Ethan Grayson (Academy), Tom Litchfield (Academy), Dani Long-Martinez (Academy), Edward Prowse (Academy), Kayde Sylvester (Academy), Nick Isiekwe (loan)
Players out: Ben Franks (retiring), Mitch Eadie (Bristol Bears), Cobus Reinach (Montpellier), Heinrich Brussouw (Retired), Michael Van Vuuren (Ealing Trailfinders), Andy Symons, Fraser Strachan (Ealing Trailfinders), Devante Onojaife.
Players in: Ben Carlile (Yorkshire Carnegie), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi.
Players out: Rob Webber (retiring)
Players in: Aled Davies (Ospreys), Juan Pablo Socino (Club de Rugby El Salvador), Janco Venter, Will Hooley (Bedford Blues)
Players out: Matt Gallagher (Munster), Titi Lamositele (Montpellier), Ben Earl (Bristol Bears – loan), Max Malins (Bristol Bears – loan), Jack Singleton (Gloucester – loan), Michael Rhodes (released), George Kruis (Panasonic Wildknights), Nick Isiekwe (Loan to Leicester Tigers), Ben Spencer (Bath), Alex Lozowski (Montpellier - loan), Will Skelton
Players in: Ryan Mills (Wasps), Myles Edwards (Oyonnax)
Players out: Billy Searle (Worcester), Ashley Johnson (released)
Players in: Billy Searle (Wasps), Gareth Simpson (promoted from Academy), Tom Dodd (promoted from Academy), Matt Kvesic (Exeter Chiefs), Joe Batley (Bristol Bears)
Players out: Luke Scully (Cardiff Blues), Joe Taufete’e (Lyon), Ryan Mills (Wasps), Jono Lance (Edinburgh), Scott van Breda (end of loan from Southern Kings), Rory Duncan (Red Hurricanes)