Blackheath up their international tally

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Blackheath’s proud record of players with international caps is destined to increase this coming season as Craig Dowsett (pictured above) arrives at Well Hall.

A versatile back who can cover wing, full-back and outside-centre, Craig has spent the last two campaigns scoring thirteen tries in forty-one appearances for Old Albanian, while at the same time collecting seven caps for the Belgium national side.

Born in Brussels to English parents, Craig spent the first eighteen years of his life in the Belgian capital, before his education took him to Loughborough, where he had spells with not only the University side, but also Rugby Lions and Old Elthamian, before Albanian where he first came across a certain James Shanahan.

‘Blackheath are a club with ambition to go places and I’m really impressed with the set up at Well Hall,’ said the twenty-seven year old.

‘I’m under no illusions, it’ll be very competitive to get in the side, but driving my standards higher is what I’m looking for.’

Another new recruit looking to make his mark this season is Jake Spivey.

Just nineteen years old, Jake has already had a full season of senior rugby as first choice scrum-half at Westcliff in the Essex club’s 2017/18 London Premier campaign.

A talented Sevens player also, he impressed Club coach Andy Holloway during trials for England Counties U18 and now moves south of the river looking to challenge his game further.

Graham Cox

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