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Penman is Greens' first new signing

10th March 2017

Nottingham Rugby have unveiled their first new signing for the 2017/18 season, with hooker James Penman joining the club, on a one-year deal, from National League One side Darlington Mowden Park.

The 28 year-old, New Zealand-born front rower, who was previously with Cambridge and Plymouth Albion, will join the Green & Whites over the summer and will bring both size and experience to what is a relatively young Nottingham pack.

Speaking to nottinghamrugby.co.uk this week, head coach Ian Costello was keen to sing the praises of the imposing Kiwi, saying: "We've been very impressed with James' performances at DMP this season. He's a very dynamic ball carrier and has good skills in and around contact for a big man. He's an experienced player and he's a strong, scrummaging hooker.

"His set piece in particular is something that attracted us to him and at times in the Championship this year, we've struggled a little bit with size, so he will be an excellent addition for us.”

Penman, has also worked closely with assistant first team coach Alex O'Dowd back in his native New Zealand, as O'Dowd went on to explain: "James was part of our second XV and development teams at North Harbour, so I've had a lot to do with him coaching wise.

"He's a physical character, he can play hooker but he can also cover loosehead, so he's got a bit of flexibility. He's a 'roll your sleeves up' sort of guy, so his work ethic and energy will fit in really nicely to what we have currently.”

With ten players now already confirmed for next season, many more re-signings and new signings are expected to be confirmed over the coming days and weeks.

(Picture: Darlington Mowden Park)


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