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Treviso sign five

Joe Carlisle has signed for Italian Pro12 club Treviso after being released by Aviva Premiership outfit Wasps.

The former Worcester fly-half spent just one year at Adams Park, but was released after boss Dai Young singed Glasgow's Ruaridh Jackson and Leeds' Alex Lozowski.

Carlisle will be joined at Treviso next year by Rupert Harden, who has completed the move to Italy from Gloucester, the Italian club have confirmed.

The Swindon-born 26-year-old spent six years at Worcester before joining Wasps last summer, sharing fly-half duties with former England 10 Andy Goode.

Tighthead prop Harden made 93 Gloucester appearances in five years, after a stint with Northumberland club Tynedale.

The Melbourne-born front-rower graduated from the Newcastle Falcons Academy while studying at Newcastle University.

The 29-year-old England Saxons cap was a late call-up to England's senior South Africa tour in 2012, replacing the injured Matt Stevens.

Treviso finished 11th in the Pro12 standings, but will compete in next term's inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup, in pool five alongside Northampton Saints, Racing Metro and the Ospreys.

Treviso have also signed Kiwi trio Mathew Luamanu, Leo Auva'a and Sam Christie.


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