Rugby

Devonport Services strengthen their back division for second season in South West One

DEVONPORT Services have strengthened their back division for the 2019-20 South West One season with three new signings.

As expected Corey Jamieson has arrived from Cornwall/Devon League side Plymstock Albion Oaks, while they have also added Exmouth centre Jake Inglis to their squad and Plymouth University fly-half Alex Mawdsley, who played a few games for Services’ second team towards the end of last season.

Inglis, who played for Exmouth in the Devon Senior Cup final in April, is a Plymouth University student and as well as centre can also play wing or full-back.

“We are really looking forward to getting Jake involved,” said Devonport Services head coach Mike Lewis. “He’s got a really good skill set and a good rugby brain on him.

“He has been at Exmouth, but he struggled to get to training as he’s a student at Plymouth University.”

Inglis said: “I am very excited to have the chance of playing with Devonport in the coming season. It seems like a great club.”

Jamieson, another versatile back, follows in the footsteps of Matt Neyle-Opie, who swapped Oaks for Services last season.

“Corey’s got good pace, can tackle, got good hands and got a kick game,” said Lewis. “It might take him a while to find his feet at the higher level, but I am pretty sure he can do that quite comfortably.”

Mawdsley impressed when he got a surprise chance to start April’s Lockie Cup final at fly-half after Matt Anstis was ruled out with injury.

Lewis is now looking forward to seeing him challenge for a first team shirt.

“He can play nine, 10 or 15,” said Lewis. “He originally came to Plymouth University as a back-row forward but he has found himself at home at nine or 10. He has got a really good work ethic.”

Services do expect to have Toby Knowles back at the club in August after missing the last few months of the season due to working in Bristol. However, centre Bentley Halpin has returned to Clifton after playing for Devonport while on a placement in Plymouth.

Services’ Royal Navy back Rhys Williams could miss a few weeks at the start as he is likely to be the UK Armed Forces squad for the International Rugby Defence Competition which takes place in Japan during September.

Devonport do expect to announce further signings in the coming weeks as they look to build on last season’s encouraging debut in South West One.

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