Championship News Bits July 2019


By Falcons Admin
July 23 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July News from around the Chmpionship

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22 July

Centre Shae signs for the Pirates

The Cornish Pirates can confirm that New Zealand-born centre Shae Tucker, aged 23, has signed a two-year contract with the club.

Growing up in Napier, Shae played junior rugby from an early age for the Taradale rugby club. He represented Hawkes Bay at all age grades in his youth besides playing three years for the successful Napier Boys’ High School 1st XV, a period during which he also, in 2013, played for Hurricanes Secondary Schools. Selected in the same year for New Zealand Secondary Schools’ wider squad, injury just before the final selection unluckily ruled him out.

Post school, Shae headed south to study at Otago University, where he made 50 appearances for their team. He was also honoured to represent the Otago Sevens side (2015/16), New Zealand Universities (2016), North Otago (2016 – in the NZ Heartland Championship), North Harbour (2017 – in the Mitre 10 Cup), and Hawkes Bay Magpies (2018 – in the Mitre 10 Cup).

Completing university, and having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and with a minor in Classical History, on arrival in England Shae is looking forward to of interest return to his roots. His father was born in London and his grandparents still live in Billericay, Essex, whilst he also has an uncle and aunt and several cousins who live here.

Delighted to add Shae to the squad, Cornish Pirates’ Director of Rugby Chris Stirling has commented:

“We are very excited to welcome Shae to the Pirates. A player who has all the attributes to succeed in professional rugby, he will also provide increased depth and competition in our midfield.”

Looking forward to representing the team, Shae himself said:

“Having most my family in the UK, it has been a dream of mine to go back and experience where my roots came from and to play some enterprising good footy. I am also really excited at the prospect of donning the Cornish Pirates jersey, and with pride.”

 

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22 July

 

Coventry Rugby  announced the appointment of Ross Stewart as the club's new Academy Manager.



The appointment of Stewart, who brings a wealth of experience in elite player development and talent identification, is a major statement of intent by Coventry Rugby as the club continues working towards the ambition of developing more home-grown talent. 

Stewart joins from Northampton Saints, where as Player Pathway Manager he was instrumental in bringing through some of the club's highly-rated young players, from World Rugby Under-20 Championship winners to current Premiership stars. 

A long-standing member of the Saints’ set-up, during his 15-plus seasons at Franklin's Gardens he was also instrumental in establishing relationships with the region's Constituent Bodies, schools and clubs in order to developing a holistic approach towards the nurturing of young players into potential successful professionals.

Director of Rugby Rowland Winter says that Stewart will help Coventry Rugby achieve its clearly stated intent of having its own Academy to rival and compete with those within the Premiership and RFU-accredited system.

“Having a strong Academy is really important as we develop as a club and work towards our ambitions,” he said. “Appointing Ross as our new Academy Manager is a massive step forwards as part of this process.

“He has a proven track record of identifying and developing fantastic young players who have gone on to become established professionals at Premiership and international age group level, and – just as important – he also knows the value of strong relationships with the right people at clubs, schools and Constituent Bodies.

“Ross has also been a familiar face over the past year coaching and mentoring the development of our younger players and working with the first team, so he knows the club well and has helped shape what we are trying to achieve.

“I'm delighted that he has agreed to join us full-time and am looking forward to working with Ross to re-establish Coventry Rugby as a platform for elite rugby development.”

Stewart says that while he has enjoyed working at Northampton Saints he is excited about the opportunity to take on a new challenge.

“I'm leaving Saints with a lot of good memories and pride from seeing the players I've worked with as youngsters become established professionals at a number of clubs,” he says.

“Coventry is a massive club with a proud history, that now has the impressive foundations for long-term and sustainable success. I'm looking forward to playing a leading role in the club's future and am excited about the opportunity.

“Coventry and Warwickshire is a strong area for rugby, both with schools and a good club network. Our aim will be to develop the pathway for talented players into professional rugby at Butts Park Arena through a clear youth system, and to make sure that every player who we work with achieves the best they can."

 

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Yorkshire Carnegie appoint Wood as new Director of Rugby​

Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed former Wasps and Bath player Martyn Wood as the club’s new director of rugby ahead of the 2019-20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The appointment is the first step as the club move forward having had the Company Voluntary Arrangement approved.

Wood joins the club from National League 1 side Hull Ionians, having previously also played for his home town club of Harrogate.

The Yorkshireman will now lead the Emerald Headingley-based club into the new season as he begins recruitment for his squad.

Scrum-half Wood spent the majority of his playing career at Wasps after being spotted playing for Yorkshire by Nigel Melville, the then Wasps coach.

In total, he made 126 appearances for Wasps between 1996 and 2003. His form for Wasps saw him earn a place in the England squad for the tour to South Africa in 2000 and he followed that up a year later with a call-up for England’s North American tour, when he gained both his caps for England against Canada and the USA.

He was drafted in as cover for both the 1999 and 2003 World Cups but did not feature in either tournament.

A regular for England A, he moved to Recreation Ground in the summer of 2003 and made his debut for Bath at Emerald Headingley on the opening day of the 2003-04 Premiership Rugby season.

He went on to play in the 2004 English Premiership final defeat against his former club.

His final appearance for Bath came in the 2004-05 season having made 55 appearances for the club. He was forced to retire from the game when he was just 29 in 2006 due to a neck injury.

He joined Hull Ionions in 2017 as Director of Rugby and will join Yorkshire Carnegie with immediate effect on a full time basis.

Yorkshire Carnegie managing director Chris Gibson said: "We are delighted to have secured Martyn has our new Director of Rugby.

"He has experience of the highest levels of the game but importantly he is someone who understands the rugby culture within Yorkshire as well.

"We do have a big job on our hands rebuilding the squad for next season but Martyn is confident we can now begin to move forward and be ready to go come September."

Yorkshire Carnegie will kick off the new season on September 20 at Nottingham in the Championship Cup.

With three pool games in the Cup before the season starts in mid-October, the club will not have any pre-season games and will use the Championship Cup to prepare the team for the new campaign.

Commenting on his appointment, Wood said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Yorkshire Carnegie as the club’s new director of rugby.

"I am under no illusion that the challenge in front of us is massive this season but it is one I am looking forward to.

"I appreciate that it has been a frustrating time for everyone involved with the club over the past few months but hopefully we can start with a clean page now and start to rebuild the club.

"I would like to thank everyone at Hull Ionions for the support I have received and the understanding they have shown me over this appointment.

"It has been a fantastic place for me over the last three years and I have made great friends. It will remain a special club for me."

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Newcastle Falcons players spent today kayaking and coasteering in the North Sea thanks to the expert tuition of Cullercoats Bike & Kayak as preparations for the new season continue

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Jersey Reds have added two more forwards to their squad ahead of the 2019-20 season, as well as naming the captain for the forthcoming campaign.

Second row Sam Offer and prop James Wayland, both of whom hail from Australia, have arrived at Stade Santander International and joined their new team-mates in preparing for the forthcoming campaign in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Reds will play their first pre-season match against Old Elthamians on Saturday, August 17, followed by a trial match on Friday, August 30.

Welsh region Scarlets will travel to Jersey for the final pre-season contest on Saturday, September 7, after which the Reds play their first competitive match at home to Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on Saturday, September 21.

Offer, 22, was born in Perth, Western Australia, where he attended Wesley College.

He represented Western Force Under-20s from 2015 to 2017, as well as playing for Nedlands in the WA Premier.

He moved to Europe in 2018 and spent a season as part of the academy squad at French ProD2 club US Carcassonne.

Wayland, 21, was born in Sydney and played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield from 2017 until he made the move to Jersey earlier this month. A keen all-round sportsman, he has also played baseball and rugby league.

Director of rugby Harvey Biljon said: “Sam and James are both very promising young players. They now have the opportunity to switch to a full-time professional environment, which I believe will provide them with a great opportunity to develop their game.

"I’m looking forward to them both becoming important members of our squad.”

The newcomers take the total of new signings so far for the Reds to 12, alongside 24 players from last season retained for 2019-20.

Apakuki Ma’afu, about to embark on his fourth season as a Red, has been chosen as the new captain for the new season.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to have been chosen for this role,” said the Tongan international centre.

"It’s going to be challenging but we have had a good pre-season so far and I’m excited to get into the season."

The new captain will be assisted by Roy Godfrey and Max Argyle as vice-captains, and paid tribute to last year’s skipper Godfrey.

“Roy’s a great leader and gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “He’s still got a really important role, and having him around means I can do my job better.”

The 24 Reds players who signed new deals, or whose existing contracts already extended into 2019-20, are:

Jack Macfarlane (hooker - joined the Reds in 2016)
Charlie Maddison (hooker - 2018)
Leeroy Atalifo (prop - 2017)
Alec Clarey (prop - 2017)
Roy Godfrey (prop - 2017)
Harry Morley (prop - 2018)
Zei Alexis (prop - 2018)
Charlie Beckett (lock - 2018)
Liam Hallam-Eames (lock - 2019)
Max Argyle (back row - 2016)
Rory Bartle (back row - 2017)
Conor Joyce (back row - 2017)
Jake Upfield (back row - 2017)
Kyle Hatherell (back row - 2018)
Janco Venter (back row - 2018)
Will Homer (scrum-half - 2018)
Liam Howley (scrum-half - 2019)
Aaron Penberthy (fly-half - 2018) (also a Jersey player 2013-16)
Apakuki Ma’afu (centre - 2016)
Mark Best (centre - 2017)
James Newey (centre/wing - 2018)
Jack Stapley (wing - 2018)
Auguy Slowik (wing/full-back - 2017)
Leroy Van Dam (wing/full-back - 2018)
New signings joined squad June 2019 (12):

TJ Harris (hooker) - Wasps
Dan Richardson (prop) - Rotherham Titans
James Wayland (prop) - Southern Districts
Alex Thompson (lock) - Ulster
Sam Offer (lock) - Western Force
George Willmott (back row) - Jersey Reds Athletic
Josh Bainbridge (back row) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Luc Jones (scrum-half) - Richmond
Brendan Cope (fly-half) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Greg Dyer (fly-half/ full-back) - Valladolid RAC
George Spencer (centre) - Edinburgh Academical
Tom Williams (full-back) - Cardiff Blues
The Reds have also taken steps to retain members of the existing coaching team into next season.

DoR Biljon, who marked five years in Jersey this January, has signed an extended contract stretching to 2024. His coaching colleagues confirmed for next season are:

Neil Tunnah (Assistant Coach - Forwards - joined the Reds in 2017)
Ed Robinson (Assistant Coach - Backs - 2018)
Jim Molony (Strength & Conditioning Coach - 2015)
Emlyn Lynch (Head Physiotherapist - 2018)
Shaun Slater (Analyst - 2018)
Oliver Ware (Physiotherapist - 2018)

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Louis Grimoldby & Shay Kerry Join Ampthill

Head coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that Louis Grimoldby and Shay Kerry have joined the Championship squad for 2019-20.

Fly-half Grimoldby, 25, has joined from RC Massy Esonne, having previously played for Harlequins and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Grimoldby said: "I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Championship with Ampthill. The chance to return to England and work with Paul Turner was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down."

Lock Kerry, 24, has joined from US Oyonnax, having previously played for Worcester Warriors and Bay of Plenty in New Zealand.

Kerry commented: "Ampthill are an ambitious club and I am keen to contribute to their story.

"Paul Turner is a very well-respected coach while my conversations with DoR Mark Lavery convinced me that this is the next step in my career."

Head coach Paul Turner said: "As a fly-half, I look forward to working with Louis while both he and Shay are exactly the type of player that will strengthen our squad for our first season in the Championship."

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A Reminder to everyone

Last call to renew Falcons season ticket seats.


Book your existing seat by 5pm this Wednesday.

Existing Falcons season ticket holders have until 5pm on Wednesday (July 31st) to renew their existing seats for the 2019/20 season, as kick-off for the new campaign draws ever closer.

With just nine weeks until the Falcons host Doncaster in the RFU Championship Cup and pre-season in full swing, anticipation is building towards what is hoped will be an exciting eight months of rugby at Kingston Park Stadium.

Covering 14 games, there are big savings to be made and many added benefits to a season ticket membership, which starts from just £138 for adult standing and £230 for adult seating.

Every adult season ticket in the North and South Stands qualifies for one free under-11s season ticket, with that age rising to under-15s for youngsters registered with one of our affiliated Club Connections rugby clubs.

Under-11s can also access West Stand Category D seated season tickets from just £20 (one per paying adult, rising to under-15s for junior players at Club Connections clubs), with huge savings across the board compared to match-by-match prices.

The 2019-20 season sees Newcastle Falcons aiming to bounce straight back into the top flight, with 11 home fixtures in the Greene King IPA Championship and a further three in the Championship Cup.

As well as entry into all 14 games and big savings on match-by-match prices, the season ticket membership package also includes:

10% off merchandise in the club shop for the whole season.
Tight-five discounted friends and family tickets.
Ticket exchange option if you are unable to attend a particular match.
Option to enter the international ticket ballot.
To book click here, call 0871 226 6060 or visit the Kingston Park Stadium ticket office.

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Skipper chosen, and promising forwards added to Reds squad ahead of new season

Jersey Reds have added two more forwards to their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, as well as naming the captain for the forthcoming campaign.

Second row Sam Offer and prop James Wayland, both of whom hail from Australia, have arrived at Stade Santander International and joined their new team-mates in preparing for the forthcoming campaign in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Reds will play their first pre-season match against Old Elthamians on Saturday August 17th, followed by a trial match on Friday August 30th. Welsh region Scarlets will travel to Jersey for the final pre-season contest on Saturday September 7th, after which the Reds play their first competitive match at home to Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on Saturday September 21st.

Offer, 22, was born in Perth, Western Australia, where he attended Wesley College. He represented Western Force Under 20s from 2015 to 2017, as well as playing for Nedlands in the WA Premier. He moved to Europe in 2018 and spent a season as part of the academy squad at French ProD2 club US Carcassonne.

21-year-old Wayland was born in Sydney and played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield from 2017 until he made the move to Jersey earlier this month. A keen all-round sportsman, he has also played baseball and rugby league.

Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon said: "Sam and James are both very promising young players. They now have the opportunity to switch to a full-time professional environment, which I believe will provide them with a great opportunity to develop their game. I'm looking forward to them both becoming important members of our squad."

The newcomers take the total of new signings so far for the Reds to 12, alongside 24 players from last season retained for 2019-20.

Apakuki Ma’afu, about to embark on his fourth season as a Red, has been chosen as the new captain for the new season.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to have been chosen for this role,” said the Tongan international centre. “It’s going to be challenging, but we have had a good pre-season so far and I’m excited to get into the season.

The new captain will be assisted by Roy Godfrey and Max Argyle as vice-captains, and paid tribute to last year’s captain Godfrey.

“Roy’s a great leader and gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “He’s still got a really important role, and having him around means I can do my job better.”

The 24 Reds players who signed new deals, or whose existing contracts already extended into 2019/20, are:

Jack Macfarlane (hooker - joined the Reds in 2016)
Charlie Maddison (hooker - 2018)
Leeroy Atalifo (prop - 2017)
Alec Clarey (prop - 2017)
Roy Godfrey (prop - 2017)
Harry Morley (prop - 2018)
Zei Alexis (prop - 2018)
Charlie Beckett (lock - 2018)
Liam Hallam-Eames (lock - 2019)
Max Argyle (back row - 2016)
Rory Bartle (back row - 2017)
Conor Joyce (back row - 2017)
Jake Upfield (back row - 2017)
Kyle Hatherell (back row - 2018)
Janco Venter (back row - 2018)
Will Homer (scrum-half - 2018)
Liam Howley (scrum-half - 2019)
Aaron Penberthy (fly-half - 2018) (also a Jersey player 2013-16)
Apakuki Ma'afu (centre - 2016)
Mark Best (centre - 2017)
James Newey (centre/wing - 2018)
Jack Stapley (wing - 2018)
Auguy Slowik (wing/full-back - 2017)
Leroy Van Dam (wing/full-back - 2018)
New signings joined squad June 2019 (12):

TJ Harris (hooker) - Wasps
Dan Richardson (prop) - Rotherham Titans
James Wayland (prop) - Southern Districts
Alex Thompson (lock) - Ulster
Sam Offer (lock) - Western Force
George Willmott (back row) - Jersey Reds Athletic
Josh Bainbridge (back row) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Luc Jones (scrum-half) - Richmond
Brendan Cope (fly-half) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Greg Dyer (fly-half/ full-back) - Valladolid RAC
George Spencer (centre) - Edinburgh Academical
Tom Williams (full-back) - Cardiff Blues
The Reds have also taken steps to retain members of the existing coaching team into next season. DoR Biljon, who marked five years in Jersey this January, has signed an extended contract stretching to 2024. His coaching colleagues confirmed for next season are:

· Neil Tunnah (Assistant Coach - Forwards - joined the Reds in 2017)

· Ed Robinson (Assistant Coach - Backs - 2018)

· Jim Molony (Strength & Conditioning Coach - 2015)

· Emlyn Lynch (Head Physiotherapist - 2018)

· Shaun Slater (Analyst - 2018)

· Oliver Ware (Physiotherapist - 2018

Former Scotland international Stevie Scott joins Scottish coaching team
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Former Scotland international Stevie Scott joins Scottish coaching team

Head Coach, Graham Steadman, has bolstered his coaching staff after Stevie Scott agreed to join London Scottish as forwards coach for the 2019/20 season.

The 45-year-old former Scotland international hooker boasts a very impressive playing CV. Having been born in Galashiels, he then went on to represent Melrose and Gala, which gives him an excellent Border pedigree. After this he signed his first professional deal for Edinburgh Reivers/Rugby, where he made an impressive 99 appearances.

Suva Signs for The Pirates
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Suva Signs for The Pirates

Having impressed during pre-season with the Cornish Pirates, 21-year-old Suva Ma’asi has signed an Apprentice contract with the club.

A son of former Pirates and Tonga hooker Viliami Ma’asi, Suva was capped by England at under 16 and under 17 levels and has in the past been a member of Northampton Saints under 18 Academy, and Yorkshire Carnegie’s under 18 Academy. More recently he has played senior rugby in the centre for Peterborough Lions.

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Javier Returns to Pirates
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The Cornish Pirates can confirm that fly-half/centre Javier Rojas Alvarez is returning to the club, having signed another one-year contract, with a view to extend.

Now aged 28, Javier initially arrived in Cornwall last summer but then departed at the season’s end. In making 21 appearances he accumulated 121 points in Cup and League matches.

Gavin Cattle, joint Head Coach at the Cornish Pirates, is looking forward to welcoming the former Argentina international back, saying:

“I am just delighted that we have managed to twist Javier’s arm. He originally returned home for family reasons and a life choice but through staying in touch and conversations has had a change of heart.

“As someone of calibre, who is versatile and tough - and at the same time humble - his values and the qualities he possesses fit in really well with the Pirates.

“When arriving last year Javier came into a different style of rugby, however after overcoming early injury problems and impressing we were then gutted to see him go. On his return we can expect a lot more from him.”

Born in Tucuman, Argentina, Javier has represented his country at both 15-a-side and Sevens, including competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics. As for his club rugby, that has previously been played for Universitario Rugby Club de Tucuman, Pampas XV in the South African Vodacom Cup, French club Sporting Club Albigeois (2015/16), Italian side Rugby Viadana (2017/18) and, this summer, Atletico de Rosario Plaza Jewel.

Ford rejoins Yorkshire Carnegie in player/coach role
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Ford rejoins Yorkshire Carnegie in player/coach role

Yorkshire Carnegie have agreed a deal to bring fly half Joe Ford back to the club for a fourth time from Gallagher Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

The 29-year-old has spent the past two seasons at the Tigers making 23 appearances and scoring 116 points.

He originally came through the academy ranks at Emerald Headingley, making his senior debut in 2009 opposite his younger brother George when Leeds hosted Leicester.

He moved to Sale Sharks before returning for a second spell under Diccon Edwards in 2011.

Two years later he returned to the Premiership with Northampton Saints before a third period at Yorkshire Carnegie under then new coach Bryan Redpath.

In total, Ford has made 85 appearances for Yorkshire Carnegie so far, scoring 674 points.

The goal kicking back says he is looking forward to the challenge of reviving the fortunes of his old club.

He said: “It is great to be back. I know we are in a tough position at the minute but having spoken with managing director Chris Gibson and director of rugby Martyn Wood, I was impressed with their plans for the club for this season and beyond.

"Importantly for me, the move gives me the chance to begin my coaching career, which I am excited about.

"The chance to play part time whilst still at a high level of rugby is very attractive and I am sure there will be other players, either who want the opportunity to test themselves at a higher level or those who are looking at life after rugby from the Premiership, who will relish the opportunity we are able to offer at Yorkshire Carnegie.”

Director of rugby Martyn Wood added: “I am delighted to have Joe back on board at the club. He is someone who played for the club when we were in the Premiership and has vast experience of playing at the top of the game.

"He is also hungry as a young coach and I am sure he will have a positive impact on our squad, especially the younger players who he will be working with.

"There has been a lot of interest from players and agents about coming to Yorkshire Carnegie over the last few weeks since I arrived and we are confident of moving things forward over the coming days and weeks.”

Boulton continuing as Coventry Rugby captain
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Boulton continuing as Coventry Rugby captain

Coventry Rugby has announced that Phil Boulton will be remaining as the club's captain for the 2019/20 season.

The 32-year-old prop has been club captain for four seasons, making 95 appearances in his time at the club.

With a National League One title and Championship consolidation already achieved at Butts Park over the past two seasons, Boulton says he is excited by the potential at the club.

Paul Turner signs new contract extension
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Director of Rugby Mark Lavery is delighted to confirm that Head Coach Paul Turner has extended his contract in advance of Ampthill’s first season in the Championship.

Paul, capped at fly half for Wales and formerly Head Coach of Newport Gwent Dragons, has been at the club for seven years and has overseen three promotions in that period as the ambitious newly promoted Bedfordshire side surged through the leagues.

Purdy to join Coventry Rugby in November
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Coventry Rugby has today confirmed that Henry Purdy will be joining the club from the start of November 2019.

The 25-year-old outside back is currently in New Zealand with Otago, whose Mitre 10 Cup campaign begins this Sunday (August 11th) away to Bay of Plenty.

Purdy has spent the last five seasons with Gloucester, who he joined from Leicester Tigers in 2014. In all he scored 28 tries in 82 appearances for the Cherry and Whites and helped the club win the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2015.

A former England Under-20 international, Purdy was a member of the squad which won the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2013 and 2014 under current Coventry Rugby Head Coach Nick Walshe, and Director of Rugby Rowland Winter is looking forward to welcoming him to Butts Park Arena later in the season.

“Henry is a talented player and we are delighted that he has chosen to continue his career at Coventry,” he says.

“He is still young and has plenty of rugby ahead of him in his career. We’re also happy that Henry is going to be playing in New Zealand over the next few months, where he will get game time under his belt and gain experience of rugby in a different environment.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him at Butts Park Arena in November for the rest of the season.”

Dos Pumas se unen a Ampthill
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Dos Pumas se unen a Ampthill

Head Coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that Argentines Serafin Bordoli & Facundo Dominguez have joined Ampthill for the Championship.

Flyhalf Serafin, 24 (1.93m, 93kg), can play in any position in the back five.

Capped by Argentina at youth levels through U20 he joins from Zebre in Italy where he made 20 appearances in the Guinness Pro 12/14.

Serafin comments: “I could not turn down the opportunity to play in England in the Greene King IPA Championship and am looking forward to the next step in my career while making my contribution to Ampthill’s story.”

No. 8 Facundo, 22 (1.90m, 106kg), can play across the backrow.

Capped for Argentina at U20 he played in the Junior World Cup in England in 2016 scoring in the 3rd place playoff against South Africa.

Facundo comments: “This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do in England in the Greene King IPA Championship.”

Head Coach Paul Turner comments: “Serafin is a very good footballer and gives us lots of options across pretty much the whole back line.

"Facundo is a typical hard working, hard carrying and physical Puma back row who will add competition in an area of the club that is already strong.”

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Jersey Reds invited to take on Russian national team in Rugby World Cup warm-up
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Date: 09/08/2019 17:03

Jersey Reds are to take on Russia in Moscow later this month as part of preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019.

The match on Tuesday August 27th represents a massive challenge for the visitors: as the Reds prepare for the forthcoming season in the Greene King IPA Championship, the second tier of the professional game in England, their hosts are getting ready to travel to Japan, where they will face the host nation, Samoa, Ireland and Scotland in Pool A in the forthcoming World Cup.

Known as the Bears, Russia are currently ranked 20th in the World Rugby rankings and will be preparing for their second World Cup, having previously qualified for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Discussions between the Rugby Union of Russia and Jersey Reds were initiated as a result of family connections between Lyn Jones, the former Wales flanker who is Head Coach of the Bears, and his son Luc, a scrum-half who joined the Reds this summer.

Jersey Reds Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon said: "We were very interested in the prospect of a historic fixture for the club straight away, although there were lots of details that needed to be finalised in a short time.

"With a lot of hard work on both sides, and a real will by all involved to make this happen, we have been able to confirm the trip. It's going to be a massive challenge for our players, but one that we believe will be a great experience for them and play a major part in getting the squad ready for the forthcoming season."

A party of 36 players and coaches will make the journey to Moscow for a four-day training camp that will culminate in the match at the Slava Stadium on Tuesday August 27th. The Reds hope that there may be an option for supporters back on the Island to follow the game online – details will be shared at a later date should this be possible.

Jersey Reds will play their opening pre-season match on Saturday August 17th against English National 1 opponents Old Elthamians, the same day as Russia play a World Cup warm-up match against Italy at San Benedetto del Tronto.

On their return from Russia, the Reds will no longer stage the proposed intra-squad trial match on Friday August 30th, but will then focus on the final pre-season contest when Welsh region Scarlets visit the Island on Saturday September 7th.

The first competitive match of the season will see the Reds host Newcastle Falcons for a Championship match at Stade Santander International on Saturday September 21st. The Greene King IPA Championship kicks off three weeks later, with the Reds hosting Coventry on Saturday October 12th.

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Hodgson braced for Championship test
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Date: 13/08/2019 12:17

Joel Hodgson believes the Greene King IPA Championship has improved markedly since Newcastle Falcons’ last visit, when he was part of the side which claimed the 2012-13 title.

Now at the age of 27 and preparing for what he hopes will be his second successful promotion, the fly-half knows it will not be plain sailing.

“The league has got more competitive since we were last down here,” said Hodgson, who has scored 424 points in his 117 appearances for the club, including 12 tries.

“A lot more teams are paying out more money to get the players and set-ups that they need, and it’s going to be tough. You have the likes of Ealing and Cornish Pirates recruiting well and really making a push for it, and sides like Jersey and Coventry to name just a couple won’t be easy.

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Date: 13/08/2019 12:48

I really think his bad injury along with Marks England call up were the major factors in the Falcons relegation

The Dragons Are Coming
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Date: 15/08/2019 18:15

Head coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that centre Jarryd Sage and lock Henri Williams have joined Ampthill from Dragons Rugby for the new Championship season.

Centre Sage, 24, was born in South Africa but is Welsh qualified through his father. He represented Western Province & Golden Lions at U21 level before making his debut for the Southern Kings in 2017 in the PRO14.

He joined Dragons later that year and has since made 16 appearances for the Welsh Province in the PRO14.

He said: “The chance to work with Paul Turner was a major incentive and I am keen to contribute Ampthill’s remarkable success story.”

Lock Williams, 25, made four appearances for Dragons and 12 for Ampthill last season in National 1.

He said: “I’m really proud to have contributed to the promotion campaign and wanted to be a part of the next chapter.”

Head coach Paul Turner said: “I have been tracking Jarryd’s progress since he joined the Dragons. He is a very explosive and ball playing centre who is comfortable at both 12 and 13.

“We are delighted that Jarryd has chosen to join us at Ampthill and I know he will enjoy his time here.

“Henri made an excellent contribution to our National 1 title win last season and I’m sure he will be a big success in the Green King IPA Championship.”

Tom Varndell signs for Yorkshire Carnegie
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Date: 19/08/2019 21:10

Yorkshire Carnegie have confirmed the signing of former Leicester and Wasps winger Tom Varndell, 33, on a one year deal.

It comes a week after the financially stricken Championship club were given the green light by the RFU to press ahead with preparations for the new season.

Yorkshire’s participation was subject to the club satisfying certain conditions relating to them entering into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Insolvency practitioners supervising the CVA entered provided confirmation to the RFU by the August 9 deadline that 100 per cent of the club’s creditors had either agreed to the terms of the CVA or been paid in full by third parties.

That left the RFU, as per regulation 5.3, confirming that the Leeds-based club would not be subject to a deduction of 28 points for the new Championship season.

We are delighted to announce the signing Tom Varndell on a one-year deal

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Good signing , hope they manage to get a squad sorted

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Steve1888: Looks like they are in a bit of a major recruit drive now


Yorkshire Carnegie have recruited two more players for the new Greene King IPA Championship season with second rower Jake Brady and hooker Ben Sowrey both signing one-year deals.

Jake Brady, 30, was born in Pontefract and started his career with his hometown team before signing for Harrogate, where he was named captain and made more than 200 appearances over eight seasons. Brady joins Carnegie from Darlington Mowden Park, where he has played for the last two seasons.
Leeds-born Ben Sowrey, 28, joins from Wharfedale.

The hooker started his career at Harrogate before moving to Doncaster and then Rotherham. In 2014 he signed for Worcester and then joined Newcastle Falcons where he made 15 Premiership appearances.

Yorkshire Carnegie’s director of rugby, Martyn Wood said: “I have known Jake for a long time and he has a good mindset and attitude with good strength and character.

“I know he is looking forward to joining the club and the challenge ahead.

“Ben is an experienced front rower, who is strong and aggressive and we are really pleased to bring him to Carnegie and he can’t wait to get started.

“We are speaking with a number of players and continuing to work hard behind the scenes and hopefully we will be able to make further announcements shortly.”

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Suffolk based Greene King agrees £2.7 billion sale to Hong Kong company
Greene King, which is based in Bury St Edmunds has agreed a £2.7 billion sale to Hong Kong real estate giant CKA

Greene King has 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK.

The company was founded in Bury St Edmunds in 1799 by 19-year-old Benjamin Greene

Shares in Greene King have surged after it announced the deal to sell its entire business to CKA Group.

CKA is a real estate group run by Hong Kong's richest family.

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Reds head to Russia for history-making fixture
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Date: 23/08/2019 09:35

One of the most notable fixtures in the 140-year history of Jersey RFC will take place on Tuesday as Jersey Reds head to Moscow to take on the Russian national side.

The match at the Slava Stadium in the Russian capital represents a massive challenge for the visitors.

As the Reds prepare for the forthcoming season in the Greene King IPA Championship, the second tier of the professional game in England, their hosts are getting ready to travel to Japan, where they will face the host nation, Samoa, Ireland and Scotland in Pool A of the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.

Known as the Bears, Russia are currently ranked 20 in the World Rugby rankings and will be preparing for their second World Cup, having previously qualified for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Discussions between the Rugby Union of Russia and Jersey Reds were initiated as a result of family connections between Lyn Jones, the former Wales flanker who is head coach of the Bears, and his son Luc, a scrum-half who joined the Reds this summer.

The travelling party set off from Jersey on Saturday afternoon and after an overnight stop in London will complete their journey to Moscow on Sunday, allowing time to train and acclimatise ahead of the fixture on Tuesday evening.

Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon has selected a 26-man squad for the game, led by captain Apakuki Ma’afu, the Tongan international centre who will team up in midfield with James Newey.

Luc Jones will start for the Reds at scrum-half, partnering fly-half Greg Dyer, both players having pulled on the Red shirt for the first time in last Saturday’s curtain-raiser against Old Elthamians.

Another new signing, Tom Williams, is selected at full-back and will be flanked by wingers Leroy Van Dam and Auguy Slowik.

The Reds pack will include a front row of Roy Godfrey, TJ Harris and Zei Alexis, with Charlie Beckett and Alex Thompson forming the second row.

Both Harris and Thompson joined the Island side this summer, as did Josh Bainbridge, who will pack down in the back row alongside Kyle Hatherell and Rory Bartle.

An 11-man bench will offer plenty of impact for the visitors. The forward options are props Alec Clarey and Harry Morley, hooker Jack Macfarlane, Sam Offer at second row and back-row trio Max Argyle, Conor Joyce and Jake Upfield.

Covering the back-line will be scrum-half Will Homer, centres Mark Best and George Spencer and wing Jack Stapley. Liam Howley and Brendan Cope will also be part of the squad as travelling reserves.

Jersey Reds have three pre-season games, the first of which saw them take on English National 1 opponents Old Elthamians last Saturday, scoring six tries in a 36-7 victory.

After returning from Moscow on Wednesday, the pre-season schedule concludes on Saturday September 7th when Guinness PRO14 side Scarlets come to Stade Santander International.

Competitive action for the Reds begins with a Championship Cup tie at home to Newcastle Falcons on Saturday September 21st, while the first league match will be at home to Coventry on Saturday October 12th.

Asiedu & Lynch Join Ampthill Squad
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Date: 23/08/2019 11:00

Asiedu & Lynch Join Ampthill Squad

Head Coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that wing Kwaku Asiedu & full-back Karim Lynch have joined Ampthill for the upcoming Championship season.

Wing Asiedu, 25, joins from Coventry from where he was on loan last season at Cambridge scoring 12 tries in 23 appearances. As a youth he was a sprinter recording 100m in under 11s.

Asiedu said: “I am pleased to join Ampthill and committed to contribute to the Championship campaign to the best of my ability”

Full-back Lynch, 30, having made 90+ appearances for Ampthill between 2014 and 2018, rejoins for the Championship after a season playing for Bournemouth.

Lynch added: “I’m pleased to rejoin Ampthill where I have many good memories, I am looking forward to the challenge of playing at Championship level.”

Head Coach Paul Turner was equally delighted: “Kwaku caused us all sorts of problems last year whilst he was on loan at Cambridge. We have a number of areas where we believe we can improve his game and are delighted he has joined us for the coming season.

"Karim is a bit of a legend locally playing a key part in Ampthill’s progress through the leagues but work took him away from the area last season where he played for Bournemouth.

"He is noted for his exceptional defence and ability under the high ball which I think will be very important as we embark on our first season in the Green King IPA Championship."

Doncaster Knights' President Steve Lloyd has been named as the Championship Deputy Chairman
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Doncaster Knights' President Steve Lloyd has been named as the Championship Deputy Chairman for the coming season and will take over as Chairman from June 2020, replacing Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine, who has been in post for the past 10 years since the Championship league was formed.
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Hooker Maddison joins Falcons
Tuesday 27 August 2019
Jersey Reds hooker Charlie Maddison has returned to his native North East, signing a two-year deal with Newcastle Falcons.

The 28-year-old was born in Hexham and played his early rugby with Tynedale, featuring in 18 of Jersey’s 22 Championship games last season.

Maddison joined the Reds last summer after three seasons at Rotherham where he held the club captaincy, having previously played for Darlington Mowden Park.

Standing at 6 foot 2 the North Easterner adds another physical presence to the Newcastle front row, director of rugby Dean Richards saying: “Charlie is a good player who has been on our radar for some time now.

“He is a tough competitor who knows the Championship well, he will help drive the competition for places and give us the squad depth needed to achieve our season goal of promotion back into the Premiership.”

Maddison said: “With being from the North East it has always been an ambition of mine to play for Newcastle Falcons, so it’s fantastic to have completed the move.

“All my attention now is just on working hard to learn the ropes and contributing as best I can to the success of the team.”

Maddison has already linked up with the Newcastle Falcons squad, and is attending this week’s training camp at the University of St Andrews.



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Steve Lloyd has been named the new RFU Championship Deputy Chairman
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Date: 28/08/2019 15:53

Steve Lloyd has been named the new RFU Championship Deputy Chairman

Doncaster Knights President Steve Lloyd has been named as the Championship Deputy Chairman for the coming season and will take over as Chairman from June 2020, replacing Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine, who has been in post for the past 10 years since the Championship league was formed.

Steve has a clear aim of what he would like to achieve and with seats on the Professional Game Board and the Rugby Union Council, there is significant opportunity to air those views on behalf of the second tier of professional rugby.

“I would like to see the Championship better recognised by the RFU and PRL within English league rugby and promote the significant contribution the league can make within Player Pathway to the benefit of the Premiership and the National team. Things are changing dramatically within the world of rugby and we need to make sure that the support for the Championship is evident.”

Steve will also be one of the Championship Clubs Executive group, who meet once every two months with the RFU Director of Professional Nigel Melville and others to discuss major issues. One such issue that Steve feels strongly about, particularly prominent for the Knights and indeed all other Championship Clubs, is maintaining promotion and relegation between the Championship and the Premiership.

“The objective must be to maintain free flow, to and from the Premiership, however that is agreed, and make sure that anyone who aspires to be at the very top of English rugby has that opportunity.”

Another topic and long-term ambition of the Knights’ benefactor is to try to increase the funding that the 12 Championship clubs receive to allow better development of professional players as well as giving the promoted club a reasonable chance of survival.

Steve commented on the subject:

“At present we have a system whereby one of the 13 “cartel clubs” within PRL gets demoted to “naughty boys corner” for a season. However, that club receives a handsome parachute payment from PRL allowing it to, effectively, outgun all but the most strongly funded clubs in the Championship.

It is not just about whether clubs can get to the Premiership, the balance of funding is thereafter neither fair nor equal, with the playing field severely tilted against any club with the desire to advance.

We want funding for the promoted club to the Premiership to reflect the notion of equality, which is surely part and parcel of the whole game we love. When leagues were created in 1987, a ladder of aspiration was put in place allowing all English clubs to climb to the very top – Doncaster is such a club.”

Russia lost a World Cup warm-up match against Championship club Jersey Reds 35-22 in Moscow
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Date: 28/08/2019 15:58

Russia lost a World Cup warm-up match against Championship club Jersey Reds 35-22 in Moscow.

The island side, who finished fourth in English rugby's second tier, led 28-12 at half-time in Moscow after tries from Leroy Van Dam, Luc Jones, Greg Dyer and skipper Apakuki Ma'afu.

Auguy Slowik then crossed early in the second half for the islanders.

Russia scored two tries in each half, with Sale lock Andrei Ostrikov going over for one of them.

Rugby World Cup fixtures
The fixture was arranged through Russia head coach Lyn Jones, whose son Luc plays for Jersey.

Russia, ranked 20th in the world, are in a pool with Scotland, Ireland, Samoa and hosts Japan at the World Cup which begins next month.



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Coventry Rugby confirms loanees for 2019/20
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Date: 30/08/2019 19:08

Coventry Rugby confirms loanees for 2019/20

Coventry Rugby has today confirmed the players who will start 2019/20 on loan at a number of clubs in National Leagues One and Three.

Luc Jeannot, Will Flinn (both Chinnor), Scott Russell (Birmingham Moseley) and David Langley (Cambridge) are senior squad members who will be in National League One.

Meanwhile centre Andy Forsyth will start the season at Leicester Tigers to help the Premiership side during the Rugby World Cup.

Six development squad players will also be in National League One, namely Kalius Hutchinson, Freddie Betteridge, James Martin, Fin Creighton, Max Titchener (all Cambridge) and Rob Povey (Birmingham Moseley).

A further ten development squad players will be building their experience in National League Three.

Cameron Sharpe, Ed Prowse and Archie Strath will play for Kettering, with Paul Wells, Sam McNulty, Shaun Allsopp, George Parker and Ed Amoako at Broadstreet and Harry Charter and Morgan Dayes at Bedford Athletic.

Director of Rugby Rowland Winter says that the loan spells will give players the opportunity to develop and build up their game experience.

"Giving players the opportunity to play is really important, both for us and them," he commented. "All of the players will continue to train with us during the week and they will get an opportunity to represent Coventry during the course of the season, with monthly Nighthawks fixtures scheduled.

“They will be gaining experience in different environments and this will be beneficial for their development.”

Newcastle Falcons have announced North East natives George McGuigan and Michael Young as co-captains for the 2019-20 season.
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Falcons announce co-captains for 2019-20
Monday 9 September 2019
Newcastle Falcons have announced North East natives George McGuigan and Michael Young as co-captains for the 2019-20 season.

Hooker McGuigan and scrum-half Young are both products of the Falcons academy with a combined total of 253 first team appearances between them, taking over the captaincy from Will Welch after seven seasons at the helm.

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Michael and George are both outstanding players who display obvious leadership qualities within the group, and this club means a huge amount to them.


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Ampthill reinforce the back row
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Date: 12/09/2019 16:00

Head coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that Jac Arthur and Rob Langley have joined Ampthill for their first season in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Back row/lock forward Arthur, 21 (1.88m, 105kg), joins Ampthill from Cardiff Met RFC, where he made 47 appearances in helping the Met finish 4th in the WRU Championship in 2018/19. He previously played for Nantyffylion Rugby and represented Ospreys at U16.

Arthur said: “To play for Ampthill after leaving Cardiff Met was an opportunity I was excited to pursue.

"The chance to work with Paul Turner and the coaching staff with the experience and knowledge behind them was something that would motivate anyone.

"Similarly to train alongside the vast experience in the squad is a key factor which will aid my development as a young player.”

Langley, 27 (1.93m, 110 kg), can play across the back row. He made over 100 appearances for Hartpury RFC and has previous Greene King IPA Championship experience at Nottingham Rugby.

Langley commented: “Ampthill have demonstrated themselves as an aspiring club with their recent promotion to the Championship. I look forward to bringing my experience to the team and am excited for a very good season ahead.”

Head coach Turner added: “Jac has great potential to further develop his game and I’m pleased that he has agreed to join Ampthill.

"Rob has been a proven success at this level and I was delighted when I heard he was available. We moved pretty quickly to snap him up - a great addition to our squad!”

RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Robbie Smith -Hartpury
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Date: 16/09/2019 15:39

Robbie Smith of Hartpury University RFC (playing for Bristol Bears in the Premiership Rugby 7s) appeared before an Independent Judicial Officer on 14 September 2019.

He was shown a red card by the referee in the second half of the Premiership Rugby 7s match between Bristol Bears and Wasps on Saturday 14 September 2019.

This was for a dangerous tackle contrary to Law 9.13. Smith accepted the charge and was given a six-week suspension, reduced to three-weeks by mitigating circumstances, by single Judicial Officer, Matthew Weaver.

“The Player accepted that he had been reckless when committing the dangerous tackle and that the act passed the red card threshold. The only issue to determine was sanction.

The Wasps player gave evidence, which was accepted by the single Judicial Officer, that direct contact was made to his throat and as a result the mandatory minimum mid-range entry point of six weeks had to be applied.

There were no off-field aggravating features and due to the Player being young and relatively inexperienced, apologetic, admitting fault immediately and having no previous disciplinary matters recorded against him, the maximum discount of 50% was applied.

The Player will miss three meaningful weeks which includes three Championship Cup games for Hartpury RFC.”

Shaw switches codes to join Yorkshire Carnegie
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Date: 17/09/2019 16:36

Yorkshire Carnegie have confirmed the signing of Rugby League player Ryan Shaw from Hull Kingston Rovers ahead of the new Greene King IPA Championship season.

Shaw, 26, is originally from Barrow but has spent the last four seasons at Hull KR having joined them from Bradford Bulls. He has scored 47 tries in 81 appearances for the Rovers and is a talented goal kicker with 140 goals during his time at the club, becoming one of Super League’s most consistent performers with the boot.

He will join Yorkshire Carnegie from the 1st October on a part time contract combined with a new career opportunity with Leeds-based packaging company Marpak.

Commenting on his move Shaw said, “I have always liked the idea of making the link across to Rugby Union at some point in my career. Having met with the Yorkshire Carnegie coaching staff I knew this would be the right move for me. There will be obvious challenges but I am looking forward to it. I have been a full time player since I was 17 but I have reached the age when you need to think about life after rugby and this opportunity with Yorkshire Carnegie is great for me on both fronts.

“The chance to train in the great facilities at the club and play at Emerald Headingley was a big draw for me. I have spoken to Head Coach Joe Ford and he was great in talking about how I can adapt my game from Rugby League to Rugby Union. Joe played League growing up and he was able to put things across to me clearly. With his help, and the rest of the backroom staff, I am looking forward to the challenge.

“As a goal kicker, I have always appreciated the importance of kicking in Rugby Union and I am looking forward to developing my game after crossing codes,” added Shaw.

Yorkshire Carnegie Managing Director Chris Gibson said, “We are delighted to have secured a player of Ryan’s quality for the new season. I would like to thank Richard Gibson and Marpak for their continued support of the club and in particularly with their help with Ryan. He is a talented player who will add to our group as we look ahead to the new season.”

Shaw becomes the 27th player to sign for the club ahead of the new season. Yorkshire Carnegie kick off the new campaign this Friday when they travel to Nottingham in the Championship Cup, kick off 7.45pm. The opening game in the Greene King IPA Championship is on Sunday 13th October at Emerald Headingley Stadium when Bedford Blues are the visitors.

Wilson joins Pirates on loan from Wasps
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Date: 21/09/2019 15:00

Wilson joins Pirates on loan from Wasps

Cornish Pirates have signed Will Wilson on loan from Wasps.

Wilson was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire and at Oxford University where he gained the first of his three ‘Blues’ back in 2015.

The Roehampton-born 22-year-old also lived in Dubai for four years and played his first rugby there for Dubai Exiles RFC.

An England Sevens international, before injury last season he made three appearances for Wasps ‘A’ in their Premiership Rugby Shield competition.

Since then has spent the summer with Griquas in South Africa, helping them win the SuperSport Rugby Challenge title. He also remained with their squad for the 2019 Currie Cup campaign.

Cornish Pirates’ coach Alan Paver said: “We're delighted to be welcoming a young and up and coming backrower, we also look forward to playing our part in helping to develop his craft.

“Will is already someone who can play at the level and will add to the environment, and however long he stays with us this season I am sure he will have a great time.”

Callum Chick relishing Newcastle's dual-code double header on Sunday
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Date: 25/09/2019 15:55

Callum Chick is urging supporters to take advantage of Sunday’s dual-code double header at Kingston Park Stadium, with Newcastle meeting Doncaster in both rugby union and rugby league.

Chick’s Newcastle Falcons play their home opener at 3pm when they tackle Doncaster Knights in the Championship Cup, the game preceded at 12 noon by Newcastle Thunder’s Betfred League 1 promotion play-off semi-final against Doncaster RLFC.

Falcons match ticket and season ticket holders can gain entry to the both games at no extra charge, with the post-match festivities including Newcastle United’s 4.30pm kick-off against Leicester City on the TVs in the stadium bars.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to come down and check out a bit of both codes,” said Chick, who played junior rugby league for Cramlington Rockets before concentrating on his rugby union career.

“For Falcons fans they can come down early and see the Thunder playing in a really important semi-final, and for Thunder supporters hopefully they’ll hang around after their own game and cheer on the Falcons in our first home match of the season.

“The games are obviously very different but I’ve played both, and there’s something in there for everyone.

“The fact that both teams are playing against Doncaster on the same day is a bit of a freak of the fixture list, but it actually works out well in terms of giving the fans a great double bill.”

Chick’s Falcons are one win from one after opening their campaign with a 21-8 away victory over Jersey Reds last Saturday, the forward admitting: “It was tighter than we wanted it to be, but it’s started the season on a positive note.

“Jersey are a good team, you have to give them due credit and we were a bit rusty with it being our first game up against a side who have already had three run-outs.

“We’ve put things in place over the summer, it perhaps didn’t click straightaway with being our first game but there were still loads of positives.

"Hopefully Sunday can see us take another step in the right direction to really get into top gear.”

Well aware that it won’t be plain sailing for the Falcons this season despite their billing as promotion favourites, the back-rower added: “Things aren’t going to always work out perfectly during these early-season games but we’re working on different combinations, getting game time for players and fine-tuning things.

“We knew that no team is going to be a pushover this season, and Saturday in Jersey just went to illustrate that.

“We have to set a Premiership standard because we feel that’s where we belong in the longer term, and we have to maintain it week after week to secure that promotion.

“The good thing is the boys seem really focused, we’ll be the team that everyone wants to beat and we have to meet that challenge.

"We’ve got to look after the things that are within our own influence, do them as best we can, and if we do that then we’ll give ourselves a great chance.”

Asked what the Knights will offer on Sunday, the former England Under-20s captain said: “Doncaster are like a lot of teams in this league in that they have a big physical pack, and we’ll have to bar up against them.

“They’ve also got some nifty backs who’ll try to play out wide against us, but the focus for us is more on ourselves.

"Of course we’ve watched the footage of them and we’ll give them absolute full respect, but if we play our own game as well as we can then hopefully it will be another win for us.”

Doncaster Knights aiming for 'huge scalp' at Newcastle Falcons
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Date: 27/09/2019 07:58

Doncaster Knights aiming for 'huge scalp' at Newcastle Falcons

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RFU Disciplinary: Oliver Stedman, Doncaster RFC
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Date: 27/09/2019 12:09

RFU Disciplinary: Oliver Stedman, Doncaster RFC

Oliver Stedman of Doncaster RFC appeared by video before an Independent Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 19.30.

Stedman was charged with punching another player contrary to Law 9.12, during the first half of the RFU Championship Cup match between Hartpury University RFC and Doncaster Knights on Saturday 21 September 2019.

Stedman was given a six-week suspension, reduced to three-weeks by mitigating circumstances, by the panel, chaired by Richard Whittam QC. He is free to play again from 15 October 2019.

Panel chair Richard Whittam QC said: “The Player accepted the charge and explained that he had acted out of frustration and in an unacceptable way by throwing a punch which made contact with the opposition player’s head. Fortunately, there was minimal injury caused.

“The mandatory mid-range entry point of six-weeks therefore applies due to the head contact.

"He accepted the charges, apologised to the opposition player and repeated the apology to the panel. He was candid about what he had done and in all of the circumstances the panel concluded he was entitled to full mitigation of 50%.”

Coventry's Gerard Ellis out of action following operation
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Date: 01/10/2019 11:07

Gerard Ellis out of action following operation

Coventry Rugby has today announced that Gerard Ellis will be missing action for the foreseeable future.

The loosehead prop has undergone surgery on his spinal region from Richard Nelson, one of the country’s leading consultant neurosurgeons.

Nelson has operated on sailor Ben Ainslie before his London 2012 gold medal, England and British Lions legend Phil Vickery during his career – including ahead of the 2007 Rugby World Cup – and former Top Gear star Richard Hammond after his 288mph crash in 2006.

Ellis has already begun his rehabilitation under the guidance of Coventry Rugby’s experienced medical team, with further updates to be provided by the club in due course.

Will Davis re-joins Ealing Trailfinders
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Date: 01/10/2019 16:20

Will Davis re-joins Ealing Trailfinders

Ealing Trailfinders is pleased to reveal that Will Davis has re-joined the club on loan until the end of the season.

The loose-head prop signed for Northampton Saints ahead of the 2018/19 campaign and made seven appearances at Franklin’s Gardens, but has now arrived back at Trailfinders Sports Club.

Davis made 80 appearances for the Green and Whites during a four year spell between 2014 and 2018, which included winning promotion from National One as well as the British & Irish Cup.

Director of Rugby Ben Ward is pleased to have Davis back in West London.

“Will played 80 games for us in his first spell here and knows what is expected of an Ealing Trailfinders player.

He comes in at a time when we have a few injuries in the loose-head position and he is a perfect solution so we are delighted to welcome him back.”

George Davis commits future to Ealing Trailfinders
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Date: 02/10/2019 16:33

George Davis commits future to Ealing Trailfinders

Ealing Trailfinders have announced that George Davis has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract.

The tight-head prop will now remain at Trailfinders Sports Club until the end of the 2021/22 season after putting pen to paper with the Green and Whites.

The 24-year-old joined the Trailfinders ahead of the 2018/19 season from Loughborough Students, and played eight times last year during the Championship Cup winning campaign.

He also gained valuable experience on loan at Chinnor and Blackheath in National One, but is now looking to nail down the number three shirt in West London.

During his time at Loughborough he represented England Students as well as Wasps in the A League, and the prop will be competing with Craig Trenier and Elliot Millar Mills this season for a place in the match day squad.

Davis is thrilled to have signed a new deal with the Trailfinders.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to stay on at Ealing Trailfinders," he said. “The coaches have helped to develop me as a rugby player and I am looking forward to continuing this.

“It is a club with huge ambition and it is great to be a part of the journey moving forward.”

Director of Rugby Ben Ward hailed the new contract for Davis as an exciting long-term move for the club.

He said: “George has improved massively in his time at Ealing Trailfinders so far and we see him as an important member of our squad moving forward.

“His scrummaging makes him a great asset to us and we believe he can be a key component in the years to come.”

RFU Disciplinary: Joe Smith, London Scottish FC
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Date: 08/10/2019 07:42

RFU Disciplinary: Joe Smith, London Scottish FC

Joe Smith of London Scottish FC will appear before an Independent Disciplinary Panel in London on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at 18.30. He is charged with dangerous tackling, contrary to Law 9.13.

The tackle against Yorkshire Carnegie player Andrew Lawson took place in the second half of the match between London Scottish FC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC on 4th October 2019.

The Panel will be chaired by Richard Whittam QC with two panel members to be confirmed.

Joe Luca Smith, London Scottish FC 4week suspension
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Date: 09/10/2019 09:37

RFU Disciplinary: Joe Luca Smith, London Scottish FC

Joe Luca Smith of London Scottish FC appeared before an Independent Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at 18.30. He was charged with dangerous tackling, contrary to Law 9.13.

The tackle against Yorkshire Carnegie player Andrew Lawson took place in the second half of the match between London Scottish FC and Yorkshire Carnegie RUFC on 4th October 2019.

Smith was given a four-week suspension by the panel, chaired by Richard Whittam QC, and is free to play from 5 November 2019.

The Panel chaired Richard Whittam QC said: “The panel considered all of the evidence in detail which included video footage from a number of angles, the referees report, medical evidence from Yorkshire Carnegie and oral evidence from the player.

“Having considered all of the evidence along with submissions from counsel, the panel were satisfied that the referees decision to award a red card for ‘lifting him [the Yorkshire Carnegie Player] so that his body passed through horizontal and brought him to ground causing the player to land dangerously on his head” was correct.

“Having agreed that the tackle resulted in contact between the head and the ground the mandatory mid-range entry point applied. The player was entitled to all mitigation except that he did not accept the charge. The panel gave two weeks in mitigation resulting in a sanction of four weeks.”

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