Second Row Squad For 2018/19
Ampthill, Beds – DoR Mark Lavery is delighted to confirm signings and retentions of lock forwards for National 1 for 2018-19.
John Kpoku is a young, exciting and dynamic Lock who joins from Saracens on Dual Registration for the season. John is an excellent line out forward, strong at scrum time and extremely quick around the paddock.
Peter Smith makes the step up from Ampthill’s Academy into senior rugby. A very talented young lock with lots of potential, we are confident if Peter applies a hard work ethic and adjusts his conditioning, he will be a great addition to the senior squad.
Carl Burgess re-signs having joined Ampthill from Old Northamptonians last season. He previously played in the Championship for Coventry. Carl established himself as a regular member of the National 1 squad towards the end of last season.
Former Tongan International Paino Hehea re-signs for his fourth season with Ampthill. Paino brings significant physical presence and experience having played for Racing 92 in the French top 14, Calvisano in the Pro 14 and twice represented Tonga in the Rugby World Cup.
Billy Johnson typically starts in the back row and then moves to lock during games. Billy joined Ampthill last season becoming Captain as his leadership qualities already known from England Counties were confirmed.
Josh Walker continues his Ampthill career for a fourth season having ended the year cementing a regular start. Josh is a workhorse of a player who does the nuts and bolts very well and is a key part of the forward pack.