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London Scottish confirm squad for up and coming season

London Scottish confirm squad for up and coming season

Last season’s National One runners-up have targeted a handful of new arrivals to bolster the challenge to go one place better in 2010-11 and reach the club’s goal of promotion to the Championship.

Last season’s National One runners-up have targeted a handful of new arrivals to bolster the challenge to go one place better in 2010-11 and reach the club’s goal of promotion to the Championship.

Most exciting of the new signings is back rower Sam Harding, who was capped for New Zealand against Fiji in 2002. He played Super 14 for three seasons with Highlanders and then Crusaders before moving to Europe for spells with Northampton Saints, Ulster; after an injury lay-off and a season’s recuperation the 29-year-old is now fit and ready to lead the charge.

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And while two of Scotland’s most cherished sons Jim and Finlay Calder never turned out in the famous shirt of London Scottish, Jim’s son Lewis is set to do so, the former Scotland U21 captain and Scotland Sevens flanker having joined from Exeter.

Behind the scrum, the challenge for fly-half and backs coach James Brown will be to hold off the precocious talent of Craig Ratford, who at only 19 guided Barking to the National 2 South title last season.

The group of Scottish arrivals also includes hooker Craig McGrath (Scotland U21 from Newbury) and second rower Josh Brown (Scotland U20, from Bristol) and tight head prop Frazer Gibson. Gibson returns to the club where he was a junior for 12 years and was capped for Scotland under 18s.

Elsewhere the club has brought in the 29-year-old loose-head prop Alex Clarke from Bristol, who played for England Saxons in 2008 plus current England U20 second row Peter Elder from Wasps Academy and hooker Adam Kwasnicki (also from Barking).

The club also welcomes centres Dan Cootes from the Army and Oli Holmes (21), capped for England at under 16s from London Wasps Academy and wingers Tim Holgate from Tring and 19 year-old Stephen Hihetah from London Wasps Academy.

Meanwhile to reinforce the emphasis on youth, Callum Stidston-Nott (current Scotland U20) steps up from the London Scottish Academy to join other youngsters already in the squad, including Willie Lipp (23), Frankie Neale (23) Anthony Kent (19) Rory Damant (23), Ben Lonergan (23), Callum Grant (21), Dan Palmer (23), David Howells (22), Tom Standfield (23), Charlie Broughton (24) and Chris Dunlop (24).

Simon Amor – Head Coach said “This coming season will no doubt be tough so I am delighted we have been able to strengthen the squad with some key experience and exciting talent. A number of the younger players will be effectively full-time to enable them to focus on developing their rugby skills and careers. We still have a couple of signings to confirm, but are very near to completing our squad for next season”

Tony Copsey – CEO Said “In a season that will mark a clear direction for the club both on and off the field it is vital we have a squad that is up for the challenge. As always at this time of year we say good-bye to former servants of the club and I would like to thank them all for their efforts and contribution to London Scottish. In particular Paul Volley and Iain Fullarton who are retiring and our thoughts will go with Stuart Silvester, whose unit is headed for Afghanistan”

Other players leaving the club are Matt Heeks, Richard Culley and Andrew (Smudger) Smith.

 

 

COMING FROM:

Full Backs:

Frankie Neale

 
 

Stuart Peel

 
     

Wings:

David Howells

 
 

Charlie Broughton

 
 

Tim Holgate

TRING

 

Stephen Hihetah

WASPS ACADEMY

 

Roman Piotrowski

 
     

Centres:

Gary Trueman

 
 

Ian McInroy

 
 

Rory Damant

 
 

Dan Cootes

ARMY

 

Oli Holmes

WASPS ACADEMY

 

Chris Dunlop

 
     

Fly Half:

Craig Ratford

BARKING

 

James Brown

 
 

Lee Rust

 
     

Scrum Half:

Simon Amor

 
 

Owain Walbyoff

 
 

Callum Grant

 
     

Loose Heads:

Alex Clarke

BRISTOL

 

Anthony Kent

 
 

Matt Johnson

 
     

Hookers:

Tom Standfield

 
 

Adam Kwasnicki

BARKING

 

Craig McGrath

NEWBURY

     

Tight Heads:

Andrew Fahey

 
 

James Graham

 
 

Frazer Gibson

STAINES

 

Chris Johnston

 
     

2nd Row:

Alex Karonias

 
 

Dan Palmer

 
 

Josh Brown

BRISTOL

 

Peter Elder

WASPS ACADEMY

 

Grant Livingston

 
     

Back Row:

Darrell Ball

 
 

Willie Lipp

 
 

Callum Stidston-Knott

 
 

Oli Brown

 
 

Tom Yellowlees

 
 

Lewis Calder

EXETER

 

Ben Lonergan

 
 

Mark Soden

 
 

Sam Harding

 

 

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