Club additions to back-row

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Lead Photo: Harry Bate in action for Old Albanian

Blackheath’s summer recruitment drive continues with the signings of three key back-row players.

Originally with Newbury Blues, Harry Bate spent two seasons in the north-east with Blaydon, making 40 National League One appearances, and scoring 18 tries, for the Crows, before returning south to join Old Albanian in the summer of 2015.

Proficient on either flank, it was playing at blind-side where Harry scored one of his 20 tries in 41 games for the Hertfordshire side in OAs 36-10 trouncing of the Club at Woollams Playing Fields in March of this year, and now the back-row joins his former Head Coach James Shanahan in moving to Well Hall.

A familiar name to Blackheath supporters with good memories will be that of Mark Davey.

Mark Davey 2

Mark joined Blackheath as a youngster and toured Argentina on the Club’s 150th anniversary in 2008, before crossing the Channel to join Perpignan Academy. More recently, he has been playing at Westcombe Park and is currently vice-captain of the Malta national team with 23 international caps.

And finally (for now!), Hugh McCormick-Houston is a specialist open-side who featured for Kent in their last two County Championship campaigns, including the Twickenham final appearance in 2016, as well as the recent match against Hertfordshire played at Well Hall.

Hugh joined Old Colfeians from Leeds University, before switching to Canterbury with whom he made 25 appearances for the City side during their 2016/17 season, and now returns back up the A2 to link up with Blackheath.

Graham Cox

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