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New-look Cambridge Rugby Club squad taking shape with new signings and extended deals

Matt Hema has committed to Cambridge for next season. Picture: Chris Fell
Matt Hema has committed to Cambridge for next season. Picture: Chris Fell

Myles Bean and Jack Culverhouse have been unveiled as Cambridge Rugby Club’s latest new signings as plans to reshape the squad pick up pace.

The duo will join back-row forward Waita Setu at Volac Park for next season’s National League One campaign.

And it is not just about new arrivals as Matt Hema, Kieran Duffin and Henry Peck have committed their futures to the club.

Bean is a prolific try scorer with Loughborough University and South Leicester, but after suffering an ACL injury last summer playing sevens, his 2018/19 season was restricted to half a dozen appearances.

In his previous season though, he was top try scorer with 28 in National League 2N.

“I coached him at South Leicester a year ago and he has come through the successful England Counties under-18s program,” said Cambridge head coach Richie Williams. “He has a fantastic work ethic and will flourish in National One.”

Bean added: “Cambridge is a club with aspirations to compete for top places in National One and an environment that will help me grow as a player.”

Prop Culverhouse will bring some extra power to the front row, arriving from Ampthill where he has been for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he was with Championship team Bedford Blues after leaving Oaklands College.

“I’m looking forward to joining Cambridge for the 2019/20 season,” said Culverhouse, “to be able to be a part of a well-established and respected National One club who are well known for their free-flowing and entertaining style of rugby.

“I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Williams has previously worked with Culverhouse with England Counties under-20s in 2013, when current Cambridge players Ben Penfold and Kwaku Asiedu were also part of the squad.

“Despite being under 25, Jack has a wealth of experience and is renowned for being a strong scrummager,” said Williams. “I have monitored his progress for a number of seasons and believe that Jack is another strong character that will add value to our group.”

The signing of Culverhouse followed hot on the heels of it being announced that Matt Hema has committed to another two years at Cambridge.

It has been an injury-affected season for the centre, who has become an influential member of the squad.

“We have really missed Matt’s physicality and directness this season and are pleased to have secured his services for another two years,” said Williams. “Every year he attracts attention from other clubs so we feel satisfied that he is remaining at the club. Matt is one of the most popular members of the squad and finished the season in style.”

Prop Peck and scrum-half Duffin both featured in more than 20 games for Cambridge last season.

Duffin said: “It was an easy decision to re-sign with Cambridge. I thoroughly enjoyed my first season at the club and am looking forward to next season already.”

And Peck added: “I’m really excited to re-sign at Cambridge for another two years. Although this year has been tough on the team and myself, Richie has given me some great opportunities which, in turn, has developed both my physical and strategic skills.”

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