- Championship clubs busy rebuilding squads for next term
- Moseley have already added eight new players
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With the season over for all but two of the RFU Championship clubs, many are taking the opportunity to put pen to paper for new and current signings ahead of next season’s campaign.
Rotherham Titans are striving to put their Stage Two disappointment behind them by signing a trio of forwards to help bolster their pack for the 2012/13 season.
Leeds Carnegie prop Gareth Denman makes the short move down the M1, while Tongan-borm flanker Latu Makaafi will also add some weight up front.
Doncaster Knights have also moved swiftly in replacing Steve Boden and Jack Yeandle, bringing in 22-year-old hooker Rhys Butler and 28-year-old tight-head prop Jerry Cronin.
Butler played regular rugby in the first half of the current season for Newport Gwent Dragons in the RaboDirect Pro 12, while Irishman Cronin impressed Knights’ Director of Rugby Brett Davies while playing for Ulster.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the league, London Scottish have re-signed a trio of players who have impressed this term in a bid to climb further up the Championship table.
Winger Gerard Mullen and props Alex Clarke and Alex Mackenzie will all be returning for Simon Amor next season after making their mark throughout the club’s debut year in the Championship.
21-year-old Mullen scored four tries in his ten appearances for Scottish, while forwards coach Alex Codling was full of praise for Clarke and Mackenzie’s consistently good performances in the pack.
He said: “Alex (Clarke) has had a tremendous season this year and is a key component in our scrum. Alex (Mackenzie) did a fantastic job this season and against Esher he was outstanding.”
In addition, 29-year-old fly half Phil Godman, who has been capped 23 times at for Scotland will join from Edinburgh rugby. He commented: “I’m excited to be joining a club with such a prolific history.”
Elsewhere, Moseley have announced the signing of eight players for the coming season, with fly half Caolan Ryan and scrum half David Brazier having previously played in the club’s academy.
New signings Glyn Hughes, Simon Hunt, Liam Mather and Charlie Hayter have also arrived at Billesley Common, Hughes returning on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell last season.
In addition, Ben Pons and Billy Robinson are returning after their positive contributions to Moseley’s campaign last year.
Both Pons and Robinson appeared 27 times for Moseley last season, with Robinson scoring five tries.
Meanwhile at Championship finalists Cornish Pirates, Phil Burgess, Grant Pointer and Kiwi Jonny Bentley have all put pen to paper to extend their time in Penzance. Junior Fatialofa returns to the club from Bristol Rugby.