Hartpury announced six new signings this week, which, along with the previously announced recruitment of scrum-half JB Bruzulier and fly-half Tommy Mathews, will be the additions to the playing strength for 2021-22.
The back line will benefit from the introduction of two experienced Championship campaigners. Experienced centre, Jack Tovey, has already played in Red & Black, as a dual-registered player from the Bristol Bears in the 2018-19 season. This time his addition to the squad is long-term as he leaves Ealing Trailfinders after spending the past two seasons at Vallis Way.
Jack is another Bristol connection in a squad which already has strong ties to both the city and rugby club, having spent many seasons in blue and white.
He is joined by another Bristolian, in 30-year old Charlie Foley. Charlie started his senior career with Clifton, before spells with Moseley and Rotherham Titans led him to a four-season stay with Doncaster Knights, who finished third in he Championship last season behind Saracens and Ealing.
Charlie can play anywhere from 10 to 15 and joins his brother, Ben, at the Alpas Arena.
There are four additions among to the forwards. Loose-head prop, Conor Maguire, joins after a season on the books at Gloucester Rugby. His early rugby was played in the academy at Leinster, along with spell at the Connuaght. He moved across for a short contract at the Dragons before his arrival at Kingshom.
The back row resources are give a boost by the recruitment of Oli Robinson, Xavier Hastings and Harry Short.
Robinson also joins from Ealing, although he spent the past season on loan at Bedford Blues. He graduated from BUCS Super Rugby at the University of Northumbria and was voted as the competition’s player of the season in 2017-18.
Hastings comes from the academy at Bath Rugby where he spent two seasons after leaving Bishop Wordsworth’s school in Salisbury. He was involved with England at both U18 and U20 levels and attracted the attention the Hartpury coaching team with his Premoership Shied performances for Bath.
Harry Short steps up from the Hartpury University BUCS first XV. It is testament to his promise that he has been given this opportunity, even without any significant rugby in the 2020-21 season.
We look forward to seeing them all, plus JB and Tommy, in action this season.