Cinderford sign Hartpury title winners and former Championship forward

By Liam Ryder in Rugby

CINDERFORD have made a three new signings from National League One sides to aid their upcoming campaign in National Two South.

Director of rugby Paul Morris has brought in two men from National One champions Hartpury in tighthead Tim Brockett and hooker Nathan Taylor, as well as versatile forward Harry Hone from Birmingham Moseley.

Brockett, 28, featured in Hartpury’s four victories over two seasons against Cinderford during 2014-16 and was part of last season’s unbeaten National One winning squad.

He has also represented Gloucestershire at several levels and made his full senior debut in 2010 and earned his county cap for five senior appearances in 2015.

25-year-old Taylor signed for London Welsh in 2015 after he captained the Hartpury BUCS side that won the national championship in 2014.

Blighted by injury however, Taylor resigned for Hartpury and worked under Morris during his stint as county head coach.

Hone, 24, is equally comfortable playing at number eight, blind side flanker or second row but prefers the back row and played in the Championship for Moseley during 2015-16.

“Tim is a player I was eager to recruit,” Morris said.

“I know him well from my days as a county coach and he is a player and person I respect enormously.

“At only 28 he still has a lot to offer any team and we are lucky to have him.

“Last season we struggled with just one recognised tighthead, James Tideswell, on too many occasions. With Tim joining James Elliot as our two main tighthead options we believe we have solved that situation.

“We are delighted to welcome Harry to Dockham Road. He is a serious signing and will add real quality and experience to an already good group of back five forwards.

He will drive up the training standards within the squad and the competition within the squad for a back row slot will be fierce.

“Nathan has played a lot of good level rugby. He will compete with Tom Bozzard and Sam Baker for the hooking berth and that competition will be good for all concerned.

“He throws in well, scrummages well and is good around the park.

“He is a competitive character who offers additional leadership and we believe he will help to drive up the standards within our group.

“He is not here to rest on any reputation he has previously gained.”

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