RUGBY UNION: McNally bids for take-off with London Welsh

6:00am Friday 13th June 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

OXFORDSHIRE airman Josh McNally is determined to take his career to the next level after signing for London Welsh.

The 23-year-old lock, a weapons technician at RAF Brize Norton, joins Premiership club Welsh from Henley Hawks, who will play three levels below them in National 2 South next season.

Although that means he faces a big step up, McNally was targeted by Welsh and believes he can make it in the Aviva Premiership.

“I don’t see any reason why I can’t play at that level,” he said.

“It is a bit intimidating going there, but I feel I can take it in my stride.”

McNally added: “I have never played full-time rugby before.

“Twelve months ago, if someone had told me I would be signing for a Premiership club, I would have told them to wind it down a bit.

“It’s brilliant, I am over the moon.

“It’s definitely the highlight of my rugby career so far.”

McNally has progressed up the English rugby union pyramid while being posted at different locations with the RAF and now has his big chance.

“I played a pre-season game against London Welsh last August and heard a few whispers then, but nothing came of it,” he said.

“Then London Welsh got in touch at the end of the season.

“I went to watch the Championship final in Bristol and signed a contract after that.”

McNally and the Welsh squad report for training at the end of this month and he will have the chance to line up against his old club at Dry Leas in a friendly on August 9.

“I will knuckle down and give it my best shot,” he said.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Head coach Justin Burnell said: “Josh caught my eye last year when we played Henley in a pre-season friendly – he really impressed me in that game at Dry Leas.

“When I subsequently spoke to Henley head coach Pete Davies he confirmed my assessment of Josh and once I met with him I was confident that he’d fit in to our environment at London Welsh.

“The fact that Josh is joining us from Henley and is based at RAF Brize Norton just serves to further strengthen the club’s ever-increasing links to Oxford.”

McNally is the 15th Welsh signing unveiled this week – after James Sandford, Cameron Goodhue, Paul Rowley and Jesse Liston yesterday.

Lock Sandford joins from Cornish Pirates, scrum half Rowley from Plymouth Albion, while back-row forwards Goodhue and Liston come from Worcester Warriors and Blackheath respectively.

Latest Sport news

David Hunt agrees loan exit from Oxford United

Oxford Mail: David Hunt is hoping to win promotion from League Two for the fourth time Picture: Dan Westwell

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

DAVID Hunt has joined Barnet to become the second Oxford United player loaned out in as many days.

RUGBY UNION: Browne's back for London Welsh's Bath clash

Oxford Mail:

2:56pm Friday 31st October 2014

DANIEL Browne makes his first start of the season as part of a much-changed London Welsh side for tomorrow’s LV= Cup opener at Bath (3).

Oxford United put trust in youngster Holmes-Dennis

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 31st October 2014

MICKEY Lewis says the form of rookie defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis has surpassed his expectations, allowing Oxford United to loan out Tom Newey to Northampton Town yesterday.

Lewis calls for Oxford United to match Wycombe's intensity

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORD United’s players must be prepared to match Wycombe Wanderers’ work rate when the sides meet at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, according to Mickey Lewis.

Riley open to extended stay at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

JOE Riley would consider extending his loan at Oxford United, but is in the dark about where his future lies in the new year.

Oxford United fans gearing up for Yellow Army Day

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

MORE than 500 flags have been delivered as part of the plans for Yellow Army Day tomorrow.

RUGBY UNION: Injury-hit London Welsh may need more signings

Oxford Mail: Justin Burnell

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

JUSTIN Burnell says London Welsh may have to bring in some new players to cope with their mounting injury problems.

Ainsworth relishing 'M40 derby' with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Friday 31st October 2014

GARETH Ainsworth is expecting the atmosphere at the Kassam Stadium to crackle when Oxford United host his Wycombe Wanderers side tomorrow.

Whing delight at injury-free appearances for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

IT may have ended on a low note with defeat at Carlisle United, but last week marked a major step forward for Andy Whing.

ROWING: Tethys rule the roost in Upper Thames Autumn Head

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

While Oxford University’s lightweight women, Tethys, had a bumper day in the Upper Thames Autumn Head at Henley there were successes, too, for other local clubs, writes John Wiggins.

Back

© Copyright 2001-2014 Newsquest Media Group

Oxford Mail: site_logo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk

Click 2 Find Business Directory http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/trade_directory/