Welsh sign Air Force second-row
June 13, 2014
Royal Air Force weapons technician Josh McNally has joined London Welsh as the Aviva Premiership club continue their recruitment drive ahead of next season.
Second-row McNally, who has played for the Air Force and Oxfordshire side Henley Hawks, becomes Welsh's seventh signing in three days, with head coach Justin Burnell vowing to bring in 12 to 15 players after promotion from the Championship last season.
"I don't see any reason why I can't play at that level," McNally told the Oxford Mail. "It is a bit intimidating going there, but I feel I can take it in my stride.
"I have never played full-time rugby before. Twelve months ago, if someone had told me I would be signing for a Premiership club, I would have told them to wind it down a bit. It's brilliant, I am over the moon. It's definitely the highlight of my rugby career so far."
McNally was posted to RAF Brize Norton in September 2012 in conjunction with the Royal Air Force Rugby Union Centre of Excellence Scheme and lined up against London Welsh for Henley Hawks at their Dry Leas home last season.
"Josh caught my eye last year when we played Henley in a pre-season friendly," Burnell said. "He's 2.01m and 122kg and he really impressed me in that game at Dry Leas."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association's charge for violent conduct - a move which has the full support of the club
Chelsea are set to complete the transfer of Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado "within the next 48 hours" with Mohamed Salah potentially going the other way on loan, club sources have told ESPN
Daniel Sturridge is poised to make his comeback for Liverpool against West Ham on Saturday after a "brilliant" performance in training, according to Brendan Rodgers
Manchester United target Kevin Strootman will undergo knee surgery this week as he waits to discover whether he suffered ligament damage during Roma's Serie A game against Fiorentina
Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a target for David Moyes at Real Sociedad, sources have told ESPN