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Qualter added to second row

7th April 2017

Nottingham Rugby have announced the capture of lock Danny Qualter from PRO12 side Connacht, on a one-year deal.

The 25 year-old Irishman has made 14 appearances for the provincial side across the last five seasons, including featuring six times as part of their 2015/16 PRO12 championship-winning squad. He also has a number of Connacht Eagles British & Irish Cup appearances to his name, as well being a proficient Gaelic footballer and hurler in his youth.

Standing at 6 ft 6 inches tall and weighing in at 119 kgs, the former Ireland Under-20 international will add extra power to the Green & Whites second row, as well as fitting in nicely with Nottingham's style of play, as head coach Ian Costello explained.

He said: "At the end of very extensive search inside and outside of England, we identified Danny as the best fit to play with us next season. He has played within a very similar system and he has a very good understanding of how we play. He has huge athletic potential, is extremely powerful, has a background in other sports and therefore an impressively rounded skill set.

"He's acquired a lot of experience over the last number of years at PRO12 level, runs the lineout and will add a significant amount of leadership to the group. I expect that he will come in and hit the ground running and will adapt very quickly.  I'm really excited that we have signed someone of Danny's calibre in terms of his ability and character, further highlighting the club's ambition moving forward.”

Qualter becomes the seventeenth member of the Green & Whites squad to be confirmed for next season, and the club's fourth new signing, following the capture of hooker James Penman (Darlington Mowden Park), fly half Tiff Eden (Worcester Warriors) and fullback Sean Scanlon (Doncaster Knights).


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