Joe Tarrant swaps Blackheath for Cambridge in National League One
Cambridge Rugby Club have made an eye-catching move to swoop for Joe Tarrant.
The 25-year-old fly-half or full-back has switched to Volac Park from National League One rivals Blackheath.
Tarrant spent two years at Bedford Blues academy before joining Ampthill in 2013.
After four seasons, he joined Blackheath in 2017, and has been part of the Well Hall set-up for the past two seasons.
Tarrant has also featured for England Counties and England Schools.
He has a renowned attacking threat, and a proven operator at National League One.
"Cambridge is a club that's clearly loved by the players and it shows with the number of boys who have stayed at the club year on year," said Tarrant.
"Not only that, but the way Richie (Williams, Cambridge's head coach) wants to play the game is something that I'm really looking forward to being involved in."
Tarrant's signing follows hot on the heels of scrum-half Rhodri Adamson.
The 25-year-old No 9 has arrived to increase the wealth of options available to head coach Richie Williams, who had worked with the scrum-half with England under-20s.
Adamson has been in the championship for the past two seasons with Richmond but was seeking a new challenge. Previously, he had been at Blaydon and Coventry.
“It’s a really good signing. Knowing him, knowing his character, he is someone that will ultimately help with our attacking game,” said Williams.
“Rhodri is such a good organiser, I think he will manage our forwards very well.
“He is someone that will fit in at the club and by his own admission he has been a bit frustrated in the last season at Richmond with a lack of opportunities so he’s chomping at the bit to play again. I think he will add massive value to us in National One next season.”
Adamson is also an international with the Jamaica sevens team, having been part of the original members of their first squad – qualifying through his mother, who was born on the island.
“Cambridge are a club well known in National One for their attacking flair and I’m excited to link up with Richie again ahead of the 2019/20 campaign,” said Adamson.
“The club had a difficult season last year so I am looking forward to jumping in alongside the group of core players they’ve retained and help push the squad on towards the top half of the table.
“It will obviously be nice to play alongside some old friends in National League rugby again too.”
Fellow scrum-half Fin Creighton has earned the Eastern Counties Norman Potter outstanding youth player of the year award.
Meanwhile, prop Ramaz Rukhadze has been named in the Georgia XV squad to take on the England Counties side this summer.