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RFU Championship movers and shakers

26 January 2012

  • Luke Eves returns to Bristol Rugby
  • Former England U20 Andy Short on loan to Pirates
Luke Eves returns to Bristol Rugby

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With the January transfer window closing this week, RFU Championship clubs have been busy announcing the arrival and departure of players left, right and centre!

Following the signing of Australian flanker Henry Vanderglas from the ACT Brumbies, league leaders Bristol Rugby were the latest to add to their squad this week with the return of centre Luke Eves.

Eves, whose father Derek is a former Bristol captain, makes the journey South following a two-year spell at Newcastle Falcons. Speaking to the club’s website this week, the twenty-two year old, who left Bristol following their RFU Championship final defeat to Exeter Chiefs in May 2010, commented:

“There’s no better stadium than the Memorial Stadium, The fans are close to the pitch and they are so vocal and passionate. If I get the opportunity to play in the first team I’ll be delighted and I will give go out and give 100%.”

Joining Vanderglas on his journey from the other side of the world is Kiwi born Matt Holloway. The hooker, who recently turned 27, joins Nottingham Rugby, having played in the National Provincial Championship last season. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, he has played most of his rugby at Southland, with a brief spell at Premiership outfit London Wasps.

This if fantastic for both the Pirates and Andy - Stirling

Elsewhere, having confirmed the departure of Blair Cowan on an 18-month contract to Worcester Warriors, Cornish Pirates were quick to announce the arrival of Andy Short who passes Blair on his journey down the M5 from the Warriors.

The 20-year old joins the Pirates on loan until the end of 2010-11 seasons, and as high performance manager Chris Stirling commented, the deal is mutually beneficial for both parties:

"This is fantastic for both the Pirates and Andy. We can provide him with an opportunity to play top end championship rugby, helping him development, and the Pirates get to retain a healthy balance in the midfield.”

Continuing to breed talent capable of completing in the top tier of English rugby, Bedford Blues announced the departure of Tom Bedford to Newcastle Falcons.  Having joined the Blues in 2011 from Exeter Chiefs, Tom’s impressive form for the Championship contenders caught the eye of the Falcons, who have signed up the centre on a permanent deal.