Current Ipswich RFC back-row forward Tui Uru is to move to Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club for the 2017/18 season.
Uru, who is a regular member of the Eastern Counties side and has also previously played for England Counties Under-20s, has signed a one-year deal after looking at GK IPA The Haberden’s facilities.
“Tui is an exceptional talent and we are pleased to welcome him to the Wolfpack where he can develop his rugby further. He will be an excellent addition to the squad,” said Bury’s recently-appointed new head coach John Clarke.
News of Uru’s arrival has come on the back of confirmation that six members of last season’s squad have agreed to terms for the upcoming campaign.
Luke Palmer, Harry Anderson-Brown, Alex Grey, Shaque Meyers, Will Simpson and Will Affleck will all be returning for the new season.
“The development of young players is very important to the club”, said Terry Sands, performance director.
“Over the last two years we are very proud to have helped develop players such as Harry Anderson-Brown from who joined us from Wymondham, Dave Micklethwaite and Matt Selby from Norwich, Luke Reinman and Aaron Forest from our Junior Academy.
“And Toby Trinder who was on a season-long player development loan plan from Northampton Saints and who is now in a position to progress to Ampthill in National League Division One.”
Pre-season training starts in earnest at the beginning of July, with several more players expected to be announced over the coming weeks.
Any further arrivals will join the Italian duo of Federico Silvestri and Daniele Greco after the club recently announced their signings.
With pre-season training set to get under way next month, Bury have a pre-season friendly scheduled for Saturday, August 12 away at Hertfordshire-based side Bishop’s Stortford.