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Plymouth Albion forward Fisher set to join league rivals Darlington

David Fisher

PLYMOUTH Albion forward Dave Fisher is set to join their National One rivals Darlington Mowden Park.

The South African is in the North East and was pictured in Darlington kit on Saturday morning heading off for a team building weekend, although his move has yet to be finalised.

It is believed Mowden Park have offered the 23-year-old former Natal Sharks player, who is comfortable in the second or back-row, a chance to train full-time.

Fisher had initially agreed to stay for a second season at Brickfields after failing to play a league match in his first due to a serious knee injury that required surgery.  But he was not offered a retainer contract, only a pay-as-you-play deal, and Darlington have now come in for him.

Albion are not short of second and back-row options, with Herbie Stupple, Nile Dacres, Dan Collier, Ed Holmes and Cameron Thompson staying from last season and Dan Williams, Rupert Cooper, Todd Prisk and George Mills coming in this summer, so there was no guarantee Fisher would play.

Joining Fisher on Darlington’s team building weekend were James Penman and Tom Putt, who have both moved to Mowden Park from Albion this summer.

Meanwhile, Royal Navy flanker Jarrad Hayler, whose future has still not been decided, scored a try for Saracens on Friday night in their Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series match against Northampton Saints.

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