- Plymouth Albion secure hooker Jared Saunders from Saracens
- Bath back row joins Leeds Carnegie on loan
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Plymouth Albion have strengthened their squad by signing talented hooker Jared Saunders from Premiership side Saracens, while Leeds Carnegie have confirmed the transfer of former England U20 David Sisi on loan from Bath Rugby.
Saunders, who stands 6ft and weighs 103kg, originally joined Saracens as a prop but was converted into a hooker last season. Born in South Africa, the hooker will join Championship side Plymouth until the end of the season, but is available to Saracens throughout. The 23-year-old is likely to enter the squad for Plymouth’s clash against Jersey this weekend.
Speaking about the signing, Albion head coach James Shanahan said: “I have known Jared from my time at Old Albanian and also with Hertfordshire.
“He is a physical and dynamic player and has Premiership experience. Due to injury we were down to one hooker last weekend and it was vital that we added to our squad.”
Carnegie bolster squad with Sisi signing
In other transfer news, Leeds Carnegie have bolstered their squad with the signing of David Sisi on loan from Bath until the end of the season.
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The 6ft 5ins back rower, who turned 21 last week, signed for Bath last year after playing in the successful England U20s side who won the RBS Six Nations and Junior World Championship. He is a versatile player, who can play at both blind-side and open-side flanker as well as at number eight.
After suffering an ankle injury in pre-season he made his Bath debut against Cardiff in the LV= Cup and followed this up with a place in the starting line-up in the Cup game against Leicester a week later.
Prior to his move to The Rec he had played at London Irish and was on part of their AASE scheme. He made a total of 12 appearances for the Exiles and became their youngest-ever debutant aged 17 when he came on in their LV= Cup against Sale Sharks as a replacement for Steffon Armitage.
Speaking about his move to Leeds Carnegie Sisi said: “I'm excited to be joining the club and helping them in their bid to achieve a top four finish and hopefully promotion. It's an ambitious club and I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing with them in the Championship.
“I have had an ankle injury for part of this season but am coming off the back of playing in two good wins in the LV=Cup with Bath and I am now am eager to get more game time. I know a few of the lads at Carnegie, obviously Charlie Beech from Bath and also Chris Walker who was my England captain in South Africa so it is good to be joining up with them again.”
Commenting on the signing Leeds Carnegie Director of Rugby Chris Gibson said: “We are absolutely delighted that David will be with us until the end of the season and I would like to thank Mike Ford and his colleagues at Bath for helping us to make this happen.
“He is an exciting and powerful young player who adds quality and competition to our squad. Anyone who saw him playing for Bath last week in the LV= Cup game at Leicester will appreciate just what a good signing this is for the club.”