Cornwall add London-born hooker to their ranks

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Cornwall have announced the signing of hooker Luke Collins ahead of the 2022 season.

Initially born in London, Collins moved to Australia with his family at the age of five. He then played rugby league for Balmain Tigers and North Sydney Bears.

More recently, Collins has been playing rugby union in the Netherlands. He played for RC Hilversum in the top tier of Dutch rugby union.

Speaking to the club website about the move, Collins said: “When my manager said there was an opportunity to be a part of Cornwall, a brand-new club in a strong comp, it was an opportunity I didn’t want to turn down.

“It isn’t very often that you get to part of something right from the very beginning and I have been to Cornwall a few times. It is a very tight-knit community with a real hunger for sport.

“This isn’t an opportunity I will take lightly because it’s not every day you get offered a professional contract in an English comp.

“It has always been a goal of mine to play professionally and to play professionally in England. I have family that have never seen me play before so I have just grabbed this opportunity with both hands.”

Collins expected to be “integral player” for Cornwall

Meanwhile, Cornwall Head Coach Neil Kelly added:”Luke’s signing is a real coup for the club. He is a player we have been talking to for a while now so to finally get his signing over the line further demonstrates our desire and commitment to progress the club forward in League One.

“He is English, but has spent most of his time in Australia where he has played both codes of rugby. He’s done well with his club side in Holland and has helped them reach the top eight play-offs over there. He has been an integral player for Hilversum and we expect him to be an integral player for us.”

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