Black and Ambers warm up for new season with friendly against Welsh outfit

The Marine Travel Ground pitch being prepared for the coming 2018/19 season

Canterbury Rugby Club warm up for 2018/19 with a match this Saturday against Bedlinog.

The visitors will travel all the way from south-east Wales for the clash ahead of the National League 2 South season.

Canterbury finished in 10th position last year with 72 points – almost half that of runaway champions Cinderford.

Off-season the club and coach Andy Pratt has been busy recruiting new players.

They signed fly-half Harvey Young from Scottish National Division 1 side Dundee High School Former Pupils (HSFP).

The 23-year-old started his rugby career in his native Kent, but has experience of league rugby in Northern Ireland with the Armagh club as well as a successful spell with Dundee HSFP.

Also coming to the Marine Travel Ground are back rowers Tyler Oliver and Sean Stapleton along with hooker Tristan King.

Oliver is a major capture who has played for Cardiff Blues and is a product of the Blues feeder club Bedlinog.

Stapleton is an experienced openside flanker whose career includes time with Irish province Connacht, while King also has Ireland connections with the Malone club and Ulster Academy.

In the backs, ex-Blackheath centre Ed Oram is another addition to the squad.

Coach Pratt said: “We’re very pleased with the quality of the signings we have secured so far.

“Tyler, Tristan and Ed are very promising young players who will increase the competition for places which can only be a good thing. Sean is a proven competitor at this level and will add leadership and great experience to a young squad.”

Saturday’s match against Bedlinog kicks off at 3pm. The season proper begins with an away match against Redingensians at 3pm on Saturday, September 1.

The first home game is an all-Kent affairs against Tonbridge Juddians on Saturday, September 8.

Click here for full list of fixtures.


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