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RUGBY: Burch relishes Oxford challenge

IAN Burch has been unveiled as Oxford Rugby League’s latest recruit.

The 25-year-old full back has previously played rugby union for Bracknell, Old Patesians and Hampshire.

Burch, who can also play at centre or wing, said: “I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“We have put together a fantastic squad which has so much talent and I am looking forward to playing my part in that.

“My aim is to score lots of tries and to develop as a player.”

Head coach Tony Benson said: “Ian was the stand out at the trials, he is extremely elusive and has excellent agility.

“He is not the biggest, but certainly one of the strongest and is an excellent passer of the ball.”

  • OXFORDSHIRE’S Cup and Shield finals will take place at Iffley Road on Sunday, April 21.

The Cup contest will pair the winners of Chinnor 2nd v Witney and Oxford University Greyhounds and Wallingford.

Greyhounds host Wallingford in their semi-final on Wednesday (7.15), while the date of the Chinnor v Witney clash remains to be confirmed.

Last season’s runners-up Chipping Norton will take on Blue Boar in the Shield final.

  • OXFORD Harlequins have announced an Owen Smith Memorial Day to honour their club stalwart, who died last year.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 when Quins host Avonmouth Old Boys in National 3 South West.

  • ALCHESTER 2nd will train with Aviva Premiership club London Welsh after winning a competition.

They were one of 12 amateur sides to triumph in the event, organised by insurance company QBE.

Alchester will have a training session designed by Welsh’s coaches and take home £1,000 worth of kit.

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