New Zealander joins London Skolars

London Skolars have signed New Zealander Xavier Rice for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old hooker joins the Skolars after spending three seasons with New Zealand club Northcote Tigers.

Rice has always dreamt of playing rugby league in England and is excited to play in League 1.

He said: “Coming from New Zealand, it was a big leap and I am stoked to have signed with the Skolars.

“I’ve heard good things about the culture Jermaine has been building over the past few years and it shows with the strong group of lads here.

“I am keen to have a dig and bring some Kiwi blood to the Skolars campaign this year.”

On signing Rice, Skolars’ coach Jermaine Coleman commented: “Xavier is a great player and we are thrilled to have him with us this season.

“He is a player who is full of energy of enthusiasm. He has a real willingness to work hard and always puts the team first.

“Xavier is the type of player every team needs and I am really glad he has joined us.”