Student trio head south to Vallis Way
Ealing Trailfinders have brought in three players from Leeds Beckett University for the 2016-17 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Lewis Jones, Liam Edwards and Luke Peters will all move to Vallis Way to link up with Ben Ward’s team.
They follow in the footsteps of prop Sam Rodman who joined Ealing Trailfinders from the University in the summer of 2015 and like Rodman all three played for England Students.
“I'm really excited to be moving to such an ambitious club like Ealing Trailfinders, ” Jones said. “I joined because Ealing Trailfinder's goals align with my own and I’m looking forward to playing an expansive and attacking brand of rugby.”
All three players became involved with Carnegie after they impressed in the Leeds Beckett team that reached the BUCS Final.
Centre Jones was previously on the books at Bristol and Cornish Pirates before he joined Yorkshire Carnegie. As well as England Students the centre has played for England U18.
Edwards is a second-row. He played 10 times in the Championship for Carnegie during his time at Headlingley and weighed in with two tries.
Peters is also a centre who hails from Portsmouth. He was previously part of the London Irish Academy before he moved to Leeds to study Quantity Surveying where he was taken on at the Carnegie Academy.
“We are delighted to bring all three players in, ” Director of Rugby Ward said. “Lewis Jones is a talented player. He has a good outside break and that is something I think we missed last season. With our style of rugby, he will see a lot of the ball.
“Liam Edwards is an athletic and mobile second row. He has a really good engine and will thrive on our pitch.
“Luke Peters is someone we have followed over the last few years. I like our 12's to be able to step in as a second playmaker and he has experience of playing 10 as well. I expect all three players to excel and develop in our environment.”