RUGBY UNION: Exiles coach Burnell is happy with new signing

Justin Burnell says that Koree Britton will add competition

Justin Burnell says that Koree Britton will add competition

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London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said hooker Koree Britton will add “serious competition” to the squad after announcing his signing yesterday.

The 22-year-old ended last season at Aviva Premiership champions Northampton, having also made 17 top-flight appearances for Gloucester.

The former England Under 20 international, who appeared at the IRB Junior World Championship in 2011 and 2012, becomes Welsh’s 16th signing of the summer.

Burnell said: “Koree will add some serious competition to an already talented group of hookers.

“He brings Premiership experience and has the size and physicality we are looking for in building our squad of forwards.

“He also possesses the attitude and approach which is consistent with the environment that we have strived to build at the club, and we are delighted that he has decided to sign for us.”

Britton’s signing helps cover for the departure of hookers Nathan Morris (Wasps) and Kevin Davis (Ealing).

Meanwhile, the Exiles finished sixth at the inaugural World Club 10s in Singapore.

Welsh lost 28-14 to Samoa Water President 10 in the plate final, having beaten Italy’s Petrarca in the last four.

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Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 20th December 2014

Michael Appleton’s main selection decision for Oxford United today is picking who leads the line against Hartlepool.

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Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

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Oxford Mail:

8:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

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BOXING: Ashley Banks cashes in to capture national title

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

Banbury BC lightweight Ashley Banks was crowned England junior novice champion after a unanimous points win against Rahul Gondalia (Karmand BC, Bradford) in the final.

ICE HOCKEY: Popular veteran Andy Cox back on board to boost Oxford City Stars

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 20th December 2014

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AQUATHLON: Award-winning Janette Cardy given sponsorship lift

Oxford Mail:

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Janette Cardy has received a welcome boost following her success at last month’s Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

ANGLING: Paul Brant quick out of the blocks to land shield

Oxford Mail:

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CRICKET: Imran Hussain shines for Ruscote

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Imran Hussain helped Ruscote to a four-run win against Chipping Norton in Division 2 of the Banbury Indoor League.

RUGBY: Justin Burnell delighted at selection dilemma

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Saturday 20th December 2014

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BILLIARDS: Fieldside in whitewash

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Division 1 leaders Fieldside hammered strugglers Riley A in the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Stephen Reiss Cup.

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