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Munro and Smid sign on for 2017-18

Joe Munro and Rayn Smid are the latest pair of players to sign up with Ealing Trailfinders for the 2017-18 season.

Both players have been key figures this season and have helped take Ben Ward’s team to the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs and the British and Irish Cup semifinals. 

Munro moved to Vallis Way at the start of the 2015-16 season and he has become first-choice at inside centre, where his powerful running, soft hands and defensive capabilities have made him one of the team’s core players. 

He moved from Nottingham, where he had played for four seasons, and made 11 appearances in his first season in west London. This season he has played 22 times so far and scored eight tries. 

“I’m very happy to have signed on for another year with Ealing Trailfinders,” Munro said. “With the squad that's been put together it clearly shows the ambition of the club and I'm excited to be a part of it.

“We’ve had a good run so far this season and I look forward to taking the club further forward next season.”

Smid moved to Ealing Trailfinders in January from Bristol, where he made 10 appearances after joining them in 2015. Since arriving in W13 he has played across the back-row, played 12 times and scored two tries. 

The 24-year-old came through the ranks with Western Province in his native Cape Town and he played in the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup for them.

His performances earned him a place in the Western Stormers 2014 Super Rugby training squad. At the end of that season he then moved to Cavalieri Prato in Italy and played three times for the Tuscan club before he returned to Cape Town. 

“I’ve really enjoyed my first six months at Ealing Trailfinders,” Smid said. “I’m really looking forward to putting in a full pre-season and helping the club build on this campaign’s success next season.”

Both players will be in the squad for the Greene King IPA Championship play-off semifinal against Yorkshire Carnegie at Vallis Way on Friday. 

“Joe had a slow start in his first season as he was coming back from injury, but this year he had a full pre-season and hit the ground running,” Director of Rugby Ward said.

“He has played the most minutes out of all our backs and his performances have grown as the season has gone on. Since Christmas he has put in some stand out performances and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop further next season. 

“Rayn joined us halfway through the season and gives us options across all three back row positions. He is a fantastic ball carrier, strong over the ball and hits hard in defence. His performances have grown as he came to understand our game plan and calls and I’m expecting even more from him after a full pre-season.”