Former Nottingham prop signs for Cambridge Rugby Club
Cambridge will power up their front row with the addition of a new prop for the 2020/21 National League One season.
Billy Walker will arrive from Championship club Nottingham.
Walker, 23, has spent the past two seasons with Nottingham, but had previously played for Bedford Blues and Saracens, with loan spells at Bishop’s Stortford and Old Albanian.
He has also played for England under-18s and under-20s, with whom he won the Junior World Cup. He is also the brother-in-law of new Cambridge team-mate and prop Jack Culverhouse.
“I think it’s exciting to see what he can bring to our forward pack next season,” said Cambridge director of rugby Richie William.
“The scrum is one of the areas we want to use as a weapon next season. Having someone of Billy’s capabilities at the club will certainly give us a boost in that area.
“Billy is technically a really destructive scrummager, 120kg, 6ft 2in. He is a big tight-head.”
It adds to the front row resources at the disposal of Cambridge, and will serve to strengthen their pack, while Walker will also be able to aid the development of the younger props already at the club.
“Billy’s a really good prospect to give us another dimension to how we want to play next season,” said Williams.
“I think they help with the likes of Sam Copeland, Henry Peck and Ben Ibrahim that we’ve currently got at the club.
“That front row then turns into a weapon that we can call upon.
“With a lot of the teams in National One like Cinderford, Rams, Chinnor and Rosslyn Park we were put under a bit of pressure upfront at the scrum. So it’s an area we wanted to improve on going into this season and we hope his addition will help us massively.”
Walker follows in the footsteps of Jonty Rawcliffe, Marc Koteczky and Joey Green in moving to Cambridge for next season.