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Anthony Maka tipped to bring abrasive edge to Cambridge Rugby Club

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Anthony Maka has signed for Cambridge
Anthony Maka has signed for Cambridge

Anthony Maka will bring balance to the Cambridge Rugby Club back row after becoming their fifth summer signing.

The former Rotherham Titans player will be contesting with Jake McCloud, Noah Sloot, Matt Dawson, Ben Adams and Rob Langley for a place in the pack in National League One.

Maka, who is the first cousin of England stars Billy and Mako Vunipola, had spent time at Hull and in the A league with Saracens prior to last season, and has been studying at Bishop Burton College in Beverley.

“He really stood out when we played Rotherham last season,” said Cambridge director of rugby Richie Williams.

“He was arguably their best player last season – a very confrontational ball carrier, very low centre of gravity.

“He always seemed to get Rotherham on the front foot and when we played them last season, he would always engage two or three defenders which would open up space for other players.

“We’re really happy that he’s signed for us. He gives us a really good balance to our back row. It’s a pretty tough league National One and the back row tend to get through a lot of the work in both attack and defence.

“We’re really happy with Maka joining us, he is someone a bit different and the way he plays will probably endear himself to a lot of the club’s supporters.

“He is someone that will buy into the whole club ethos we’re trying to create at the moment.”

Maka had spoken to Cambridge prior to lockdown as he was looking to move back down south closer to his family, his wife’s relatives are Northampton-based.

“Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to Richie and Cambridge Rugby for showing interest in me and giving me the opportunity to represent the club,” said the new signing.

“From what I remember playing against them last season, Cambridge are an exciting team that like to move the ball into space.

“I am very much looking forward to getting involved and am really excited about my family relocating to such a beautiful city. It will be great to support the club in their exciting vision moving forwards.”

Second row and captain George Bretag-Norris also deputised at No 6 last season, so Cambridge are well-stocked in that department.

Williams added: “Maka is someone that can complement what we’re trying to do and how we’re trying to play next season.

“There will be a really good competition for places there, but really good strength in depth as well.”

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