Lawrence Rayner swaps Ampthill for Cambridge Rugby Club

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2018

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Experienced back makes the move to Volac Park

Richie Williams is delighted to have added the experienced Lawrence Rayner to the Cambridge Rugby Club ranks.

The 26-year-old fly-half or full-back has swapped one National League One club for another, making the switch from Ampthill to Volac Park.

Rayner includes Championship side Nottingham as well as Plymouth Albion and Old Albanian as former clubs so it is an addition that will boost the young squad at Cambridge.

“I had a few conversations with Lawrence at the back end of last season where we spoke about a potential opportunity for him to come to Cambridge,” said head coach Williams.

“He has just got back from the England Counties trip to Romania where he played a big part of their successful trip and we spoke a couple of days after he arrived back home.

“It’s another big signing for us as he brings with him a lot of not only National One experience but also Championship experience.

“He has played over 80 games for Nottingham and Plymouth Albion when they were in the Championship and has scored over 500 National League points.

“He is someone that will give us a little bit more direction in the back-line and I think the other added bonus with Lawrence is that he can play fly-half and full-back.

“Those are two positions where at the end of last season we needed to strengthen, so he is almost doing two things in one which is good for us.

“He really wants to go down the route of coaching long term so he will have a big impact on how our attack is going to play this season.

“Any player that comes across from the same league as you is quite nice, and we needed another player, another fly-half or another full-back and Lawrence can do both of those roles.”

Rayner was part of the successful England Counties team in Romania this summer, where they won three out of three on tour.

“I think he knows a lot of the players anyway as he was with Matt Hema and Rob Conquest on the England Counties tour,” said Williams.

“What we need to do with Lawrence and a couple of the other guys is manage the early part of their pre-season as they have not had much of a break.”

“We just need to be sensible there with the on-field stuff they are doing.”

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