WELSH 7s STAR COMPLETES THE INAUGURAL SOUTHERN KNIGHTS SQUAD

The Southern Knights, the semi-professional team set to play in Scottish Rugby’s newly formed top-tier domestic FOSROC Super 6 competition, is delighted to announce the latest big-name signing – completing a strong squad.

Welsh rugby 7s star Joe Jenkins has put pen to paper and is set to play for the Southern Knights when the new competition kicks-off in November.

Joseph (Joe) Jenkins was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, where he played football and Aussie rules alongside rugby whilst at high school. Upon finishing school Joe joined the University of Queensland and represented the club on 57 occasions between 2014 and 2016, earning seven Premier Grade caps along the way.

Joe then went on to spend four months, on exchange, studying and playing rugby at The University of Massachusetts in the USA. It was this experience that led him to contact clubs in Wales.

“My grandparents on my father’s side are Welsh and this made me eligible to play for Wales” explained Jenkins. “I was invited to spend a week training with the Ospreys in 2016 and after that, the WRU contracted me to their 7s program.

“The past two years with Wales 7s have been awesome. The training was intense and playing in the World 7s Series was an incredible experience. When I wasn’t playing 7s, I played for the Osprey’s Development team and Swansea.”

The experienced rugby player, who completes a strong Southern Knights squad, is excited to get back to fifteen-a-side rugby. Joe said: “I always saw myself returning to 15s and when the opportunity came up to join the Southern Knights, in the new FOSROC Super 6 competition, I jumped at the chance.”

With the announcement last week that the world-renowned Melrose 7s tournament is to become a four-day event in 2020, with the introduction of a semi-professional competition including the FOSROC Super 6 teams, Joe looks forward to proving himself in the hope he might get the opportunity to play 7s again, at the birthplace of game.

Joe is quick to praise his new teammates, saying: “I have been made to feel so welcome here at Melrose since I arrived in late August. I can’t wait to give my all to the Southern Knights. It’s shaping up to be an entertaining and challenging competition with some amazingly talented players involved.”

The Southern Knights head coach Rob Chrystie said: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Joe. It’s really great to have someone of his rugby calibre join our inaugural Southern Knights squad. The type of fast-paced, athletic rugby he’s used to playing at an international 7s level adds something really exciting to the squad. The Greenyards at Melrose, the birthplace of the 7s game, already looks like a natural home for Joe. He’s slotted right in since arriving in late August. We are all eager to see Joe play and develop in what is shaping up to be a dynamic back line. I’m really proud of the whole squad we’ve put together and I’m thrilled to see a great team emerging. We can’t wait to get started in November.”

Confirmed Southern Knights Players:

Craig Jackson (captain) 
Dalton Redpath
Ciaran Whyte
Grant Shiells (co-vice captain)
Bruce Colvine 
Dylan Taylor
Fraser Thomson (co-vice captain)
Angus Runciman
Iain Moody
Jacob Henry*
Struan Hutchison
Russell Anderson
Nathan Sweeney*
Murdo McAndrew
James Head
Andrew Nagle
Ruaridh Knott 
Rory Darge*
Finlay Scott*
Neil Irvine-Hess
Shaun Gunn*
Fraser Renwick
Alan Gregory
Iain Sim
Patrick Anderson
Tom Galbraith
Ewan McQuillin
Tom Robertson
Michael Mvelase-Julyan
Conor Young
Gavin Wood
Calum Crookshanks
Mak Wilson
Harri Morris
Joe Jenkins

*Fosroc Stage 3 Academy Player

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