Kiwi Dan Koster arrives at the Gillman’s Ground

Hartpury are pleased to announce the signature of three-quarter, Dan Koster, as the players contemplate the return to pre-season training next week.

The New Zealand native, who can perform at either centre or wing, had played most of his rugby in Canterbury before heading north to join the Cornish Pirates at the start of 2017-18 season.

Now 27, he is a strong player on both sides of the ball and represents another solid acquisition ahead of Hartpury’s third Championship season.

Hartpury’s Director of Rugby, John Barnes, said “We are very pleased to be able to sign a player like Dan.  He comes to us with a wealth of experience and we are well aware of how good he can be, with him having scored a few tries against us over the past two seasons!”

“We anticipate that he will add to our squad both on and off the pitch and prove to be a great mentor for several of our up and coming players.”

For the record, Koster has collected three tries in contests between Hartpury and the Pirates over the past two campaigns.  That included a brace when the teams last met at the Gillman’s Ground, in a Championship Cup match last December.

The player himself is looking forward to his arrival at Hartpury, saying “I have been following Hartpury’s progress under John Barnes and Mark Cornwell and I am delighted to be joining the club.”

“I’m very much looking forward to another Championship season ahead.”

Koster becomes the eighth new face to arrive at Hartpury since the end of the last season and, significantly, five of the arrivals are backs.  George Simpson (season-long loan) and Luke Carter have both come from Ealing Trailfinders, Sam Goatley from Clifton, while outside-half Josh Bragman has taken the step up from BUCS Super Rugby (Northumbria).  Tom Jubb and Jack Preece (both Coventry) and Seb Nagle-Taylor (Titans) have added to the resources in a pack that was a match for most sides last season.

Hartpury also recently announced that five graduating students – Alex Gibson, Rob Fuller, Max Clementson, Jamie Forrester and Joe Margetts – had been rewarded for their performances in Hartpury’s own successful BUCS squad by being given contracts with the club.

Thank you to Brian Tempest for the photo.

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