Robling and Tampin heading to Vallis Way from Jersey Reds
Ealing Trailfinders have made a double swoop in the Channel Islands to sign Lewis Robling and Mark Tampin from Jersey Reds for next season.
Robling will compete for a place in the centres following three years at the Reds, where he has played 60 matches and scored 36 points.
The 25-year-old came through the ranks at the Dragons Academy and later played for the senior side, Newport, Cross Keys and Bedwas.
He was on the bench for Jersey Reds’ 20-15 defeat to Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way earlier this season and featured in both matches between the sides in 2015-16.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge after being at the Jersey Reds for three years,” Robling said. “Having spoken to Ben Ward (Ealing Trailfinders DoR) I am excited to be a part of a club that wants to play expansive rugby and that has great ambition.
“It'll be nice to be reunited with a few old teammates and I'm looking forward to settling in quickly.”
Prop forward Tampin was born in London, but played all his rugby in Yorkshire – for Rotherham Titans, Yorkshire Carnegie and Wharfedale – before he joined Jersey Reds in 2016.
Since then the 25-year-old has played 10 times for the Channel Islanders, including Ealing Trailfinders’ 19-13 win at St Peters on New Year’s Day.
"Ealing Trailfinders is obviously a club on the rise, and having a few friends at the club who speak so highly of it, you can tell it's somewhere you want to be,” Tampin said.
“The players are clearly well coached and supported by the staff which is what you want as a player. After having not played anywhere near the amount of rugby this year that I am used to, or would like, I'm already looking forward to getting started and challenging for a space in the team, and hopefully helping the club take another big step next year.”
“Mark is someone we have been keeping an eye on from his Rotherham Titans days,” Ward said. “He hasn't played as much rugby as he would like this year and we feel he will fit nicely into our squad. He does his work in the tight but is also comfortable with ball in hand which is something we like to encourage with all our players.
“Lewis has made big strides since his move from Dragons to Jersey Reds. He provides a second playmaker option at 12, is a strong ball carrier but, having played a lot of rugby at 10, can distribute well and has a good kicking game.
“I am delighted to have him on board next season and think he will really enjoy our style of rugby. I also think our players will really enjoy playing with him and the different dimension he will give us in attack.”