London Welsh make 24th signing of the summer
July 23, 2014
London Welsh have brought in James Down from the Cardiff Blues who becomes the club's 24th signing of the summer.
Down played under Justin Burnell at the Blues and will bolster their resources in the second-row. Down was called into the Wales squad during the 2012 autumn internationals but did not get a chance to make his Test debut.
Burnell said: "I always thought James had a huge amount of potential, which he obviously did. Coming through the Blues system he played alongside the likes of Bradley Davies and Lou Reed, who have both gone on to be full internationals. I still believe James has the potential to do that.
"He's played a lot of rugby in different competitions with Cardiff Blues and he's another fantastic addition to our squad. He's very much in the Matt Corker mould and like Matt he's got a great understanding of the lineout and the kick off, and he's very good in the contact area. I'm really pleased to have someone of James's calibre on board, pushing the players already within our squad and helping to add to the competitive edge."
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