Recruitment drive as Bury overhaul squad

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Bury director of rugby Terry Sands is inviting talented players from the area to test themselves at a national level as they move away from a reliance on southern hemisphere players.

The Haberden-based club have made a raft of changes with a host of departures and six new signings as they prepare for another potential step-up, with non-EU players not able to feature above their current National League Three level.

Australian and New Zealand contingent Logan Dodds, Codey Gray, David Ormrod and Ben Radmall will not be retained, but the club — who finished seventh in their debut National League campaign — want to keep hold of full-back Casey Stone and have added 6ft 3in Tongan prop Tiploma Kivalu.

Sands said: “We are hoping to attract players from local clubs who aspire to National League rugby.

“We have put a lot of thought into this and we targeted National Two next year, in 2015/16 season, in our three-year plan.

“There is a 90 per cent chance the leagues will be restructured next year, 
and for us to stay in National Three we will need to be in the top four — if we overachieve we have still got to be in a position to have players to retain.”

Spanish Under-21 second row Sergi Izaguerri, ex-London Welsh and Leeds full-back Tom Rock, Greek winger Platon Moisiadis, second row Ashleigh Stevenson-Leigh and centre Tom Armstong are signed.

George Stokes (Toulon Academy), Oskar Lechnar (Sweden) and Jamie Cook and Charlie Pask (university) are all leaving.