Prop Will Goodrick-Clarke has joined Premiership new-boys London Irish from Championship outfit Richmond. The 23-year-old has been combining his studies at Oxford Brookes University with plying his trade for Richmond over the past two years after joining them from Gloucester Academy.
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But his form over those two seasons has been impressive as he was named in The Rugby Paper’s 2018/19 Championship Dream Team, having been voted for by the 12 coaches in the second tier. Exiles coach Declan Kidney was one of those to be impressed by Goodrick-Clarke and he is hoping the youngster can now make the step up to the Premiership.
He told the club’s website: “Will has all the attributes that we are looking for in a prop. His set piece is solid and he works hard around the field. I’m delighted he will be a London Irish player next season.” “I am excited to be signing for London Irish and looking forward to joining up for pre-season in June.”
Goodrick-Clarke added. “Having played against London Irish this season, I know their current front rowers are great players, so I look forward to working with them next season.” The news of Goodrick-Clarke’s arrival came on the back of London Irish also tying down flanker Conor Gilsenan and prop Lovejoy Chawatama to new deals.