The club has announced major additions to the senior squad for the 2023/24 season. They include two players from the championship winning Kent County side, wing Alfie Orris and back row/second row specialist Mo Pangarker who both join from the Medway club along with scrum half Cullen Daly who has County and International age group experience.
Four more arrivals are prop forward Pierce Holland and wing Morgan Dayes from Championship club Ampthill, former Leeds Tykes centre Brad Law and centre/wing Garry Jones from Australian side UCS.
Lewis Hollidge, who was on loan from Blackheath last season, has moved to Canterbury on a permanent basis covering both centre and fly half positions. “The signings bring both improved depth and healthy competition for places”. said Director of Rugby Taff Gwiliam.
The club is also bolstering the Pilgrims team which was promoted to Counties Kent One. Joining the senior ranks are five players graduating from Canterbury’s highly successful Colts side together with Kent Under 20s recruits Sonny Trew-Neville and Harrison Fermor from the Whitstable and Vigo clubs respectively. Canterbury will also welcome back forwards Seb Clark and Will Hunt who return after recovering from long term injuries.
“We have made some exciting additions to our team to go with nearly the complete squad from last season,“ said Head Coach Matt Corker. “The continuity, in combination with the new signings, will give us greater competition and it is great that we have attracted local talent, as well as those from further afield. It is a sign of the strength of our youth programme that we again have five colts graduating to our First and Pilgrims squad.”