New back-row signing for JRFC13/02/2013
Jersey boost back-row options with new signing
Jersey have signed powerful back-row player Charlie Walker-Blair on a short-term deal for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
The 24-year-old, a former winger on the books of Premiership club Exeter Chiefs, will be looking to boost Jersey's bid to retain their RFU Championship status, as well as putting his own career back on track after injury.
While at Exeter, Charlie played for both Taunton and Cornish Pirates as a dual-registered player, and in October 2011 he played for Taunton against Jersey in National Two South, scoring a try in his side's 32-26 win, but also sustaining a serious knee injury which ended his season.
Last season, as well as representing Exeter in the LV Cup, Charlie switched to the back-row and made 11 appearances for Cornish Pirates, scoring two tries, prior to suffering another knee injury.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to get back playing with Jersey and help the club during the final two months of the season," he said. "It's been frustrating to have been injured, but now I just want to get out on the pitch and get some games under my belt."
Ben Harvey, Jersey RFC Director of Rugby, said: "Charlie is an exceptional player who has been held back by injuries, and I am looking forward to him showing Jersey supporters the talent that earned him a Premiership contract."
Although a minor ankle problem has prevented him taking a full
part in training at St Peter this week, Charlie is expected to be
in contention for a place in the Jersey squad for the away game at
London Scottish on Saturday March 2nd.
Charlie Walker-Blair stats: born Kent 24/4/88; 6ft 2ins (192cm) tall; 16st 5lbs (104kg) in weight; other former clubs include Minehead (Devon), Carterton (New Zealand) & Wairarapa Bush (New Zealand).