National League 2 South Bury St Edmunds RUFC have confirmed the signing of former England international Tom Varndell as a coach and player for next season.
Still the Premiership’s record try-scorer with 92 from 180 appearances, primarily from spells at Leicester and Wasps – two of the most successful clubs in the modern era – the 34-year-old had looked to have played his last game after departing Yorkshire Carnegie.
Joining the Pro-Am as a coach and player next season Tom Varndell— Bury St Edmunds Rugby (@BSERugby) May 15, 2020
A fantastic opportunity from #wolfpack to #minis!! We were already excited for next season but now we can’t wait!! See our website or @buryfree for full details #rugby #bserugby #bignews #rugbyfamily pic.twitter.com/YOJM7pWuEi
His friendship with Bury performance director Terry Sands led to him agreeing to drop down two levels to commence cutting his teeth as a coach, while also finishing his playing career off
DID YOU KNOW? In November 2004, in only his second appearance with the Tigers senior side, Varndell recorded the fastest hat-trick of tries in Premiership history, doing so in a 13-minute span against Worcester.
LIST | 6 internationals you didn’t know were still playing
Below, we have rounded up five internationals that we are certain you will be surprised to learn are still playing.
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1. Kane Thompson
A real journeyman if there ever was one, Thompson has played for multiple teams around the world including stints in France, New Zealand, Japan, England and now America. The Samoa international had stints at the Highlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, as well as six different Mitre 10 Cup sides before rocking up in Major League Rugby to play for New Orleans Gold.