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Forward focus for Championship signings as Ian Evans joins Bristol

24 June 2014

  • Forward recruits across the Championship
  • Bristol announce signing of British & Irish Lion Ian Evans
Ian Evans

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Bristol Rugby’s recruitment for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship campaign continues with the capture of lock Ian Evans from the Ospreys.

The British & Irish Lion and Wales international becomes the club’s 15th new addition to the first team squad.

A hugely experienced second-rower, Evans made 129 appearances for the Ospreys since a debut in 2005.

The 29-year-old has earned 32 caps for Wales, winning two Grand Slams and appearing at the Rugby World Cup in 2007. 

Speaking about the appointment, Evans said: “The set-up and resources at Bristol Rugby is so professional – I’m really looking forward to the fresh challenge and getting started.

“I know a number of the players at the club and they were very positive about the direction that Bristol Rugby is going.

“It was a straightforward decision for me. It’s great to be part of one the most exciting projects in English rugby.”

Also strengthening their forward effort are Jersey, Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates.

The Islanders announced the signing of loose-head prop Ignacio Sáenz Lancuba, known by his nickname as “Nacho”. The 22-year-old has won five caps for his country, helping the Pumas qualify for next year's Rugby World Cup through winning the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship.

“Signing for Jersey represents a really positive step in the right direction for my career, and gives me the chance to continue my development on and off the field,” he said.

“I'd like to thank Jersey for giving me this opportunity and I promise the supporters that I will be giving 110% in everything I do in order to make sure we achieve our goals for the new season.”

Warrior agrees new deal with Bedford Blues

At Bedford Blues, back row forward Josh Buggea has agreed a new deal, signing from Worcester Warriors.

Nuneaton-born Josh started playing rugby at 11 years old when he went to Bablake in Coventry – the school that helped to produce 1974 British & Irish Lion Geoff Evans and recent England fly half Shane Geraghty.

Having been snapped up by the Warriors Academy and playing in the Cavaliers team, Josh also experienced extra game time when he joined Doncaster Knights on loan last season.

Jamal Ford-Robinson

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Finally, one of the stand-out players and a try-scorer in Cornwall's recent County Championship Final appearance at Twickenham, prop forward Jamal Ford-Robinson has joined the Cornish Pirates on a two-year contract.

Jamal, aged just 20, is a truly exciting prospect. A powerhouse ball carrier, he is expected to make quite an impact in the club's colours next season.

Formerly a member of Leicester Tigers' Academy, Jamal joins the Cornish Pirates from National Two South side Cambridge where he was coached by former All Black Craig Newby.

Speaking with reference to this latest signing Cornish Pirates Director of Rugby, Ian Davies, said: “Jamal came down for a week and trained with us back in 2011-12 season and I've kept tabs on him ever since. He has impressed playing for Cambridge and Cornwall this season and I'm sure will make an impact at Championship level. Anything beyond that will be down to his desire and work ethic.”