Oxford MailRUGBY UNION: Burnell so excited by additions (From Oxford Mail)

Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us

RUGBY UNION: Burnell so excited by additions

Oxford Mail: London Welsh's head coach Justin Burnell is delighted with his new signings London Welsh's head coach Justin Burnell is delighted with his new signings

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell is buzzing ahead of the new season – especially after his high-profile captures.

The Oxford-based Exiles this week signed Australian back row Lachlan McCaffrey and Argentina prop Pablo Henn.

But it was yesterday’s announcement that New Zealand scrum half Piri Weepu would join that really got the rugby world talking.

Burnell is understandably delighted, and expects three more new players before their season starts in September.

“I’m very excited, of course I am,” he said.

“It’s a real sign of intent because it shows we haven’t gone into the Aviva Premiership to just survive, but to compete.

“We’re nearly there regarding the squad – we’re about three signings away.”

Burnell revealed it was the pre-season trip to take part in the Singapore 10s that enabled Welsh to finalise the moves.

“It was an opportunity for us to see these top-class players in action first hand and, most importantly, speak to them in person,” he said.

“I think it showed that we are a good bunch of people who are very serious about what we want to achieve.”

And how difficult was it to persuade World Cup-winning scrum half Weepu to join?

“A few cheeky beers one night seemed to do the trick,” Burnell joked.

Latest Sport news

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: July 29 live action

Oxford Mail: Oxford City's Hannah England

8:28am Tuesday 29th July 2014

All the action involving Oxfordshire competitors at Glasgow 2014

Riley signing is worth the risk - Oxford United boss

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Signing Joe Riley for Oxford United was a “no-brainer” according to head coach Michael Appleton, despite the full back’s injury record.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Hooker's happy Hampden memories

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Daniel Hooker said he may retire after finishing seventh in the T37 100m final.

GOLF: Eagle helps Mason set new Tadmarton Heath record

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

CARL Mason warmed up for the Senior Open Championship in style – by breaking the Tadmarton Heath course record.

ICE HOCKEY: Long-serving Cox moves on from Oxford City Stars

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

OXFORD City Stars have parted company with veteran Andy Cox ahead of the new season.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Buoyant England elated at securing spot in final

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Hannah England was delighted to qualify automatically for tonight’s 1500m final after only scraping through in past championships.

Appleton hungry for Wolves test

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Michael Appleton is hoping Oxford United can continue their pre-season progress as Wolverhampton Wanderers visit the Kassam Stadium tonight (7.45).

Titterrell in Wasps role

Oxford Mail: Warning: Andy Titterrell says London Welsh are not the finished article

8:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014

Andy Titterrell, who retired from playing professionally at London Welsh in January due to injury, has joined Wasps’ strength and conditioning team on a three-day-a-week contract.

FOOTBALL: Low's highlight in vain as Oxford United Women pipped by Watford

Oxford Mail:

7:40am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A STRONG second-half display went unrewarded for Oxford United Women, who lost 2-1 at home to Watford in Division 2.

GOLF: Barber crowned as City's champion

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 29th July 2014

IAN Barber is the new Oxford City club champion after triumphing in a revamped format.

Comments

Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree