London Welsh announce partnership with major club as they continue their comeback - Ruck

London Welsh announce partnership with major club as they continue their comeback

Cardiff Blues academy youngsters will look to reap the rewards from the region’s new official partnership with London Welsh during pre-season.

The historic Exiles secured their third straight promotion last season with the London-side now entering the sixth tier of English rugby.

Wales under-20 duo – back row Gwilym Bradley and prop Theo Bevacqua – will train alongside the Richmond-based side as rugby prepares to return following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Both players featured for Wales under-20 during the Six Nations earlier this year, having been identified through the Welsh Exiles programme, and signed deals to join the Arms Park outfit.


London Welsh has a rich history of Welsh internationals at the club, including the likes of JPR Williams, John Dawes, John Taylor, Mervyn Davies and Cardiff Arms Park favourites Gerald Davies and Tom Shanklin.

Links with Wales’ Capital Region have remained strong over the years, with Cardiff Blues players and coaches regularly visiting Old Deer Park to hold training sessions with the club’s junior players.

LIST | Rugby Legends Select Their British & Irish Lions XV’s for 2021

Will Greenwood

The England legend picked his current Lions XV for Sky Sports, based on form during the 2020 Six Nations,

15. Stuart Hogg (Sco), 14. Jonny May (Eng), 13. Manu Tuilagi (Eng), 12. Hadleigh Parkes (Wal), 11. Elliot Daly (Eng), 10. Owen Farrell (Eng), 9. Ali Price (Sco); 1. Rory Sutherland (Sco), 2.Jamie George (Eng), 3. Kyle Sinckler (Eng), 4. Maro Itoje (Eng), 5. James Ryan (Ire), 6. Tom Curry (Eng), 7. Justin Tipuric (Wal), 8. CJ Stander (Ire)

Lawrence Dallaglio

Speaking on The Ruck Podcast on The Times website, Dallaglio revealed his Lions XV…

15. Liam Williams (Wal), 14. Josh Adams (Wal), 13. Jonathan Davies (Wal), 12. Robbie Henshaw (Ire), 11. Anthony Watson (Eng), 10. Owen Farrell (Eng), 9. Tomos Williams (Wal); 1. Joe Marler (Eng), 2.Jamie George (Eng), 3. Tadhg Furlong (Ire), 4. Maro Itoje (Eng), 5. James Ryan (Ire), 6. Courtney Lawes (Eng), 7. Tom Curry (Eng), 8. Taulupe Faletau (Wal)