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Ben Onyeama-Christie returns to Loughborough University whilst also training with Wasps

Ben Onyeama-Christie returns to Loughborough University whilst also training with Wasps

Ben Christie smiles as he prepares for the Greene King IPA Championship match against rivals Richmond. Photo by David Horn.

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Last year’s prop forward Ben Onyeama-Christie left the club at the end of last season after a very successful year with the Scots whilst on a placement year from Loughborough University.

Last year’s prop forward Ben Onyeama-Christie left the club at the end of last season after a very successful year with the Scots whilst on a placement year from Loughborough University.

Upon leaving the Exiles and returning to the prestigious University for the final year of his degree, Christie has been snapped up by Gallagher Premiership side Wasps on a tailored University-Rugby hybrid academy contract.

Similar to last year, where Ben combined work with rugby, he will now balance the final year of his degree with being part of the Senior Academy with Wasps.

He will train alongside the 1stXV whilst gaining further invaluable experience at one of the premier sides in English rugby.

Director of Rugby Dave Morris was very complimentary of Ben and all he did for the Scots last year and was thrilled that he was continuing to further his rugby career whilst also progressing his University degree.

Morris said, “Ben is a player of immense potential due to him being such an explosive athlete. When I first saw Ben play at Loughborough, in my previous role, I fast tracked him to play higher up in the club very quickly. When I moved from Loughborough to London Scottish last year I knew Ben was going to be doing a placement year in London. I made it a priority to get him to come to Scottish as he can play both sides of the scrum and is a former Scotland U20 squad member. It proved to be a really good fit for both Ben and Scottish.”

He continued, “Ben made the step up to Championship rugby being involved in the matchday squad on 17 occasions last season. We are delighted to see that his potential has now been recognised with Wasps.”

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Finally Morris added how Christie was integral to the building of the Exiles’ ‘One Club’ philosophy last term. “Ben also had a huge impact on the club outside of the 1st XV as he was regularly down helping the minis on Sunday mornings.”

The Bristol born prop has followed former London Scots Joe Atkinson and Ross Neal up the motorway to Coventry with the Premiership side. He was also part of the Wasps side that made the Singha 7s final this past weekend at Franklin’s Gardens.

Everyone at London Scottish would like to congratulate Ben on his Academy deal with Wasps and we wish him the best of luck both on the field and off the field as he finishes his degree.

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