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London Welsh make 25th signing of the summer
ESPN Staff
August 5, 2014

London Welsh have made their 25th signing of the close season bringing in tight-head Ben Cooper.

Cooper, 25, lined up for Bedford Blues last season and played against London Welsh on three occasions. These performances persuaded London Welsh coach Justin Burnell to hand Cooper a contract and also helped boost their English-qualified-players quota.

"Ben is 25-years-old of age, he's a big man and this is a great opportunity for him. Hopefully we can bring the best out of him," Burnell said. "Ben played against us three times last year and showed huge potential. He started against us at Goldington Road - our first Championship loss of the season - and he certainly caught my eye that day. They disrupted us at the set-piece.

"When we then played them at the Kassam Stadium he didn't start, but when he came off the bench he tightened up their scrum. So there's definitely something there to work with. Importantly Ben is also English-qualified and at the moment the biggest problem, and not just for us, is finding English-qualified tight-head props. There doesn't seem to be a great deal of them out there at this moment in time."

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