Bury St Edmunds rugby boss unconcerned to lose key scorers as new blood arrives
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have added four new names and three old to their roster for 2018/19, but have lost last season's main scorers.
Winger Dwayne Corcoran (21 tries, 105 points) – fourth highest try scorer in the league last season – and fly half Fraser Honey (168 points) have left, alongside Liam McBride (95 points) and flanker Sean Stapleton.
Pro-am performance director Terry Sands said: "Of the players we wanted to keep to be a part of our new structure and style for the new season under Jon Curry, the only real loss for us was Sean. But he felt he wanted a new challenge and went with our blessing."
Chris Lord, however, is due to make a return following a serious cancer scare. Despite playing only half the season, he was the Wolfpack's second highest try scorer with 12.
Sam Bixby and Chris Snelling have also re-signed while Yasin Browne, Will Affleck, Mark Kohler, Collen Smith and Tui Uru all remain at the club for the upcoming season. They will be joined by two hookers in Callum Torpey and Jordon Argerich as well as Cameron Richie (fly half) and Connor Adams (scrum half).
Torpey moves to the club from Pro 14's Connacht Rugby academy, and has also been at Galwegians in the All-Ireland league.
He said: "I come from a rugby family and I'm excited to join Bury where I hope to gain more senior rugby experience and develop more as a hooker."
Fellow hooker Argerich moves from France, and has been registered at Top 14 side Toulouse. His other previous clubs include Lombez Samatan (France), SENOR Santander (Spain) and SC Rieumois (France).
He said: "I’m very happy to be in Bury St Edmunds this year.
"It's a new challenge, discovering a different rugby culture and improving my English."
Meanwhile fly half Ritchie moves from the Southern Hemisphere, with his previous clubs as Western Province (Aus) and Natal Sharks (SA).
He said: "When I'm not playing rugby I love to surf and I enjoy being outdoors.
"I decided to come to Bury to better my rugby and to experience playing rugby in England."
And scrum half Adams also arrives with experience of playing for some top sides, with his previous clubs as Wigan Warriors (rugby league) and Worcester Warriors.
He said: "I have represented England Rugby Union and England Rugby League at Under 16 level and went on to represent Scotland Rugby Union at Under 20 level."
These appointments follow those made in March including Andrea Pozzi, an Italian tight head prop, Nicholas Perez, an inside centre from New Zealand and Patrick Robinson, a prop/hooker also from New Zealand.
Pro-Am head coach Curry said: "The players have arrived and are making excellent progress in training to bond as a group.
"I am encouraged by early indications from players and quietly confident that the squad will be a force to be reckoned with in National 2 South this season.
"It is also a particular pleasure to welcome several local players who join us from other East Anglian Clubs as they progress their rugby to the next level."
The side will play three pre-season “home” friendlies next month against Old Elthamians on August 11, Hertford on August 18 and Colchester on August 23.
The pro-am coaching and management team would also like to invite old and new supporters alike to watch the last half an hour of training followed by a 'meet the squad' afternoon BBQ at 4pm on August 4 at the Greene King IPA Haberden.