Saturday, 13 August 2022

Hawks preparation for new season hots up

HENLEY HAWKS, who kick off their new season on September 5 away at Rosslyn Park,

HENLEY HAWKS, who kick off their new season on September 5 away at Rosslyn Park, have been busy in the close season adding 18 players to their squad as they prepare for life in rugby‘s third tier.

Having won Division 2 South for the second time in three campaigns last season, the coaching team, headed by director of rugby Nigel Dudding and head coach Pete Davies, have worked hard to secure a larger squad of well qualified players for the challenge ahead in National Division 1.

Former Hawks player Liam O‘Neill (wing/centre) has rejoined the club from Nottingham along with fullback Elliott Cox from the same club. Elsewhere in the backs division both Theo Brophy Clews (number 10) and Johnny Williams (centre/wing), who have both represented England at U18 level, have joined on a dual registration from London Irish while centre Jack Bradford has made the move to Dry Leas from Loughborough Students. In the forwards department the Hawks have added five locks with Jake Albon joining from Loughborough Students, Seb Cecil from Wasps Academy, Charlie Davey from Cornish Pirates, Cameron Gray from Maidenhead and Josh Tonnar from Esher. Prop Ant Brennan, who played for the club last season, has joined from Wasps as as has Henry Sandys from Coventry.

Exmouth hooker Tom Emery has made the move to Henley from the South West as has back row Sam Richardson who joins from Taunton Titans.

Curtis Langdon (hooker), who has represented England U18s, will be dual registered from London Irish as will Jack Willis (back row) from the Wasps Henley College AASE side.

Back row players Scott White (Redingensians) and Julian Watkins (UWIC) complete the line-up.

Training started at the beginning of July with the enlarged squad need to meet the challenges of the season ahead for both the Hawks and the Bulls (Hawks‘ second team) that compete in the Zoo National Division 1 where they will compete against many Championship sides‘ second teams.

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