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Three new faces sign for season’s run in

Ealing Trailfinders have brought in three new players to boost their hopes of winning promotion from National 1. David Lyons, Matt Thompson and Ryan Edwards have all signed on at Vallis Way and will immediately be in contention for selection for Ben Ward’s side.

Second row Lyons joins from London Irish whom he joined in October 2014. He previously played for Worcester Warriors and made his Premiership debut with the team from Sixways against Harlequins in 2009, 18 months after he took up the sport. 

He previously rowed at the U23 World Championships and World Student Games and played basketball to national level. The 29-year-old also played for London Scottish. 

“I’ve been at London Irish for most of the season and my time there came to an end, ” Lyons said. “A couple of guys there are involved with the coaching here and that’s how it came around. 

“I was at Exeter University and looking for something to keep me fit when I wasn’t rowing, so started playing there and it has just gone from there.”

Matt Thompson is a proven Premiership performer, won the Churchill Cup with England in 2007 and also represented the Barbarians.  

The hooker began with Newcastle Falcons and scored 14 tries in 279 matches at Kingston Park. Recently he has featured for Blaydon and Darlington Mowden Park for whom he featured against Ealing Trailfinders last November.  

“We lost by seven points and it was a great game, so I know a few of the DMP players and this weekend this pitch should suit both teams, ” Thompson said. 

“I do like the scrum and a driving maul, but I do enjoy an open game too. Hopefully I will get a couple of games before the end of the season and help with the push for promotion.”

Ryan Edwards has signed on loan from Greene King IPA Championship side Bristol. The wing had played four times for Andy Robinson’s side this season and has scored two tries. 

The 24-year-old joined Bristol ahead of the 2011-12 season and he has represented Great Britain and England Students. 

“Ealing Trailfinders are looking for promotion and there is the chance for some game time, so I thought it would be a super option to come down, ” Edwards said.

“It is a fast track, so I think it will suit me and thought it would be a good option to come down here and see if I could get some game time.”

“It is great that Ealing Trailfinders has been able to add three quality signings at a crucial stage of the season, ” Director of Coaching Ben Ward said. “All three will bring experience, quality and a boost to the side for the run in to the end of the season.”