Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club adds six new names to roster as anticipation of new season grows
Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club has added an additional six players to its squad ahead of their first game of the 2018/19 season on Saturday.
The National 2 South league side will host Henley at The Haberden on Saturday (3pm) with a vastly altered team sheet to last season.
The new signings include a Chilean international and a former CA Brive espoir player in scrum-half Jan Hasenlechner from Santiago and Bury-back row player Tom Brown returning from a spell in France.
They will be joined in the Wolfpack by winger Finlay Sharp from Clifton RFC, tighthead prop Toby Hill from Hartpury College's BUCS squad, scrum half James Adams from Broadstreet RFC and Argentinian winger Franco Cutuogno.
Pro-am chairman, Terry Sands, said: “We are pleased with our recruitment this summer and with the progress of pre-season training.
"We have built a squad where there is a lot of competition for each position and the signing of young talented guys such as Tom Brown is also great for the team, he can learn a lot from experienced players but can also try and push them for a starting spot in the team.
"Most of the players have been training together for the last two months and the team looks like it is coming together nicely.”
New signing Hasenlechner said: “I came to Bury because I think that England is the best country to play a good level of rugby and it is the cradle of it.
"Most important of all, people know about the game and have good respect and culture for rugby players and community.
"I think Bury is a competitive team with a solid base of players/coaching/staff where I can learn and improve my game inside and outside the field.”
Sharp, who spent last season with the University of Queensland in Australia, said: “I’ve played rugby since the age of four and it has always been a huge part of my life.
"I am now ready to get back into some English rugby."
And Hill also revealed he sees the club, which is Suffolk's highest ranked club, as a learning opportunity.
“I started playing rugby at 14, got into Hampshire County when I was 15 and played all through until I was 20," he said.
"I was scouted for London Irish U18s Academy while studying and playing at Brockenhurst College and Trojans RFC and for the previous three years, I have been playing for Hartpury University BUCs.
"I have joined Bury St Edmunds with high ambitions seeing their reviews and young squad looking to push for National 1 rugby.
"I’m really looking forward to playing for Bury and to progress my professional rugby career.”
Meanwhile, Bury overcame Broadstreet 43-17 in their final pre-season match on Friday, against the side relegated from their league at the end of last season.
After a slow start, Bury upped the tempo in the second half and ran out deserved winners, scoring seven tries to their opposition's three.
Director of rugby, Jon Curry, said: “We have had a good solid pre -season.
"As you would expect with the strength of this squad, we still have several decisions to make as to who is playing where.
"Friday was my last chance to really get to see the players in the heat of a game and the coaches and myself were watching closely and studying all the pre-season footage before we make our decision.”