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RUGBY UNION - Coventry Rugby sign pair of exciting Scottish backs

COVENTRY Rugby have signed wing Jake Henry on a season-long loan and fly-half Liam Richman on a permanent deal.

Speedy winger Henry joins from Pro-14 outfit Edinburgh Rugby and spent two years in the club’s academy before playing in both the United Rugby Championship and European competition this season.

The 23-year-old has represented Scotland at both under-20 level and in Rugby Sevens where he played in four tournaments around the world and scored a hat-trick during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games played at the CBS Arena in Coventry.

Henry said: “Speaking with Alex, the way Coventry play sounds really exciting for a back-three player and I can’t wait to get started.

Cov head coach, Alex Rae, added: “Jake is a really exciting player who’s very eager to showcase that.

“Every time he touches the ball you feel like something may happen and that style will really fit in well with the way we want to play the game.

“Chatting with him he’s ready to really get a run of games and see where that may take him.”

After beginning his club career with Highland RFC, Henry has now featured for Melrose Storm, Southern Knights and Heriot’s in Scotland’s Super Six competition.

And Coventry have also signed Australian-born goal-kicking fly-half Richman who also has a connection to the Scottish capital.

The 26-year-old played school and club rugby in Brisbane before heading to Canberra where he had a stint with the Brumbies then Sydney where he played in the same Shute Shield competition from which Pat Pellegrini emerged.

Richman said: “The brand of rugby that Coventry play really jumped out at me,” he said. It’s a high-tempo game and that really suits my playing style.

“It also looks a very tight-knit group and a club steeped in history so taking the challenge of competing in a professional environment with them was an easy choice.”

Rae added: “It’s great to welcome Liam who’s a really talented player.

“He has been around experiencing different cultures and environments which will have given him some fantastic experiences.

“He’s now really hungry to establish himself at Coventry and make an impact on the team, which was music to our ears.”

After arriving in Scotland. Richman played in the Super Six with Heriot’s without appearing in the same side as Henry and has since played some pre-season and A-team games for Edinburgh.

He is currently club captain at Heriot’s and has covered full back and centre as well as his preferred no.10 role.

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