- Romans completes trio of November signings
- Joins fellow Kiwi and new recruit Brent Wilson
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Nottingham Rugby has completed the signing of New Zealand scrum half Sean Romans, to make it a trio of international players completing their move to Meadow Lane this month.
Romans (26) from Christchurch, has plenty of experience in both the New Zealand Provincial Cup, playing for Otago, as well as Super 14 Rugby, having played 11 times for the Highlanders. He also has two international caps, having played for the Junior All Blacks in 2009 in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup.
Nottingham’s Director of Rugby, Glenn Delaney, said: "Sean is a great signing for the club and brings with him a lot of experience from New Zealand Rugby. We have been a little light at scrum half, with both Nathan (Jones) and Finlay (Barnham) carrying slight knocks through the first half of the season, meaning we have been a little exposed.
"We knew Tim Usasz wasn’t coming back to the club after the World Cup, but agreed not to announce his departure until after that time. Tim has been a great servant to Nottingham and I would like to thank him for what he has helped us achieved here, and we all wish him well for the future. But we have to move on and we’ve been looking at who we could bring in, and I am delighted with Sean’s signing."
Always wanted to expand the squad – Delaney
Romans becomes the third scrum half at Nottingham, joining Nathan Jones (27) and Finlay Barnham (21), who have been sharing the scrum half duties so far this season. He has signed a contract with Nottingham which will see him stay with the club until at least the end of the season.
Delaney added: "Sean’s signing provides us with greater strength in depth and a healthy competition for places in the scrum half position. We’re almost half way through the season, but have got a long way to go to be in with a chance when it comes to the play offs and cup knockout. We have always wanted to expand the squad – both in terms of quantity and quality."
Romans is awaiting clearance of his visa application, but is expected to join up with the Green and Whites later this month. He will be joining fellow Kiwi signing Brent Wilson and the experienced Samoan Filipo Levi at Nottingham, as the club continues to develop the playing squad.
Nottingham were in action against Plymouth in the League last weekend and completed a bonus point win with their fourth try in injury time to move up a place to 7th in the table. The Green and Whites have another home league match this weekend, entertaining Moseley in the Charity Match for The Prince’s Trust on Sunday, kick off 3pm.