A GIANT Romanian lock is among Chinnor’s latest batch of new recruits.

Stefan Iancu, who is 6ft 8in and weighs 128kg, joins the Thame-based club after four years in his country’s top division, the SuperLiga.

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The 22-year-old played for Romania’s Under 20 side and is looking forward to continuing his development at the National League 1 outfit.

He said: “I haven’t been here for a long time, but from what I’ve seen it’s a club with vision and high potential.

“I personally set out to improve as much as possible and here I will be able to do this both professionally and personally.

“I also want to help the club achieve its goals for the next period by winning matches and gaining promotion to the Championship.”

Chinnor director of rugby, Richard Thorpe, added: “Stefan has the natural physiology to become an imposing physical threat on the rugby field.

“He has a solid rugby pedigree from back home in Romania, and whilst his sheer size has been imposing on us all at training, he is also a skilful athlete, comfortable with ball in hand and is developing week-on-week.”

Iancu’s arrival follows the signings of Andy Berry and Tom Wilson, who both have previous with Chinnor.

Berry came through the youth section and played for England Counties, while he was named as the loosehead prop in the club’s team of the 2010s.

The 29-year-old joins from Maidenhead and now plays in the back row.

Berry said: “When I started playing senior rugby at Chinnor, there were a number of players who set the standard on and off the pitch.

“They made it so enjoyable to be associated with the club, it shaped me and my rugby life for the better.

“I hope that if I can bring an essence of that, then the talent coming through the club may get to experience some of the great things I did.”

Berry worked with Thorpe when the director of rugby was head coach in 2016/17.

Meanwhile, homegrown talent Wilson, 19, has earned himself a senior contract after working his way up through the youth ranks, first joining as an Under 6.

The pacey 19-year-old winger cannot wait to get started.

He said: “I really appreciate the club putting their faith in me.

“Training has been going really well, everyone is putting the work in and the team seems to be gelling well.”