Scarborough RUFC snap up Aussie ace Rob James

NEW RECRUIT ...  YDO Tom Harrison, left, welcomes Aussie utility back Rob James to the Silver Royd club
NEW RECRUIT ... YDO Tom Harrison, left, welcomes Aussie utility back Rob James to the Silver Royd club
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SCARBOROUGH RUFC’s new Aussie recruit Rob James is ready for action, having settled in at the Silver Royd club and taken part in his first training session ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire One opener at Driffield.

The 23-year-old utility back played for Southern Districts in Sydney having started playing rugby at the age of 12 at Meni Warriors Rugby Club.

The Sydeny-born logistics expert, who described the facilities and clubhouse at Silver Royd as ‘awesome’, will be joined by New Zealand loose forward Isaac Salmon, who flies in from Canada shortly, and South African scrum-half Johnny Sweetnam, who will be joining the club in the near future.

Scarborough RUFC Chief Executive Graeme Young said: “We are pleased to welcome Rob to the club. He is an exciting player who can cover a number of positions in the backs. We spent some time reviewing video footage of him and were impressed with his overall contribution to the matches he played in.

“With two more signings due to arrive within days we will have completed the rebuilding of the squad after a number of departures at the end of last season.

“The coaching team had requested more players to increase competition and that is exactly what has happened, no doubt it will take a little while for the team to settle down so plenty of hard work will be in order on the training field.”