We are excited to announce these new signings this week as we begin pre-season training for the 2015-16 season.
Dan Seal (35, prop, from Bedford Blues), Sisa Naqasima (31, prop, from Shelford), George Bretag-Norris (23, second row, from Bury St Edmunds), Jack Harvey (23, scrum half, from London Irish Wild Geese), and Gerhard Wessels (34, centre/fullback, from Shelford) have already been added to the squad and today Director of Rugby Rowland Winter has announced that a further set of players have joined the 1st XV.
James Ingle, 25, back row, unattached. Ingle has Premiership and European Cup experience with Northampton Saints. He also spent time with Moseley and at Cambridge whilst on dual registration in his Academy years and went on to play at Loughborough University whilst studying a Sports Science degree.
David Coutts, 21, prop, joins from Chinnor. A former England Counties U20 tight head, Coutts picked up experience with Esher and Dorking before joining Chinnor last season.
Oli Petrides, 21, wing, joins from Durham University. Comfortable across the back line, Petrides has played for Northampton Saints Academy before having spells with Yorkshire Carnegie whilst at University.
Saad Sait, 24, hooker/prop, joins from Peterborough Lions. A former Midlands U20 player, Sait also played for the Steele Bodger XV v Cambridge University last season.
Luc Jeannot, 18, prop, joins from Northampton Saints Academy. A St Joseph's College graduate, Jeannot started week in week out in the successful Premiership U18 League for Saints.
More players are in the process of signing at present and we will announce those next week.
Meanwhile, a number of homegrown players have progressed from the Club's U18 set up. Sam Walker (prop), Calum Cleaver (hooker), Hugo Chambre (back row), Luca Williams (back row), Felix Rathbone (wing), Sam Hirons (Fullback), have graduated from the Academy Colts U18 into the Development Squad for the pre-season period, plus a few of the current U18s will be training with the senior sides over the summer as well.