RUGBY LIONS: Jobs for the boys

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RUGBY Lions are appealing to local businesses to provide jobs to help attract new players.

Their support could be crucial in Rugby Lions’ big recruitment drive to add experience and avoid relegation this season.

Director of Rugby Ian Carvell is having to cast his net wide, looking at players not just in the UK but worldwide who will also be in need of accommodation.

Mr Carvell said: “It doesn’t matter what the job is, or how much it pays. I’d just like to hear from anyone who has anything. All I ask is that employers let them play on Saturdays and train Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

“I will make sure anyone who helps us gets a warm welcome at Lions and some hospitality.”

The second half of Lions’ National League 2 (North) campaign resumes at Manchester on Saturday. Manchester are bottom without a point this season and Lions are a one place above them on seven points, from beating them in the home fixture in September and three other bonus points.

Mr Carvell added: “I was asked to try and keep the Lions in the league and I need to bring in some new players to try and do that.

“Most players are already contracted for the season, so it has been difficult. I don’t have much time and apart from recommendations, DVDs and using the experience of the staff at Lions - who have been brilliant - I have just had to get on with it.

“We will be announcing a few signings in the next few weeks, and then we just need to get out there and pick up the points.

He is grateful to coaches Phil Maynard and Peter Glackin at Coventry RFC, who are helping by sending over players in need of a game on loan.

Mr Carvell can be contacted on 07790 642757.