Bristol sign England Sevens wing

Twenty year old University of Cape Town wing Mathew Turner has clinched a contract with Bristol Rugby, the English Guinness Premiership side.


The speedy Ikey has an English mother and if he makes great strides for Bristol he could have strong claims to England selection.


English rugby chiefs have taken note of recommendations and have included him in England’s Sevens training squad which is preparing for next year’s Sevens World Cup.


If he makes an impression in the squad he could be wearing the Rose of England (in Sevens) later this year.


Robbie Fleck, the former Springbok vice-captain, who has coached Turner at UCT this season, said: “Mat is a rare one; he is the ultimate wing. Very fast, very strong, highly skilled and a great finisher.”


UCT coach John Dobson is ruing the loss of his major attacking weapon. “It’s a massive loss for us, the province and, ultimately, a pity for South Africa,” said Dobson.


“People may not think so now as he is an unknown, but I assure you that this will not be the case for long.”


Six years ago Ikey prop Matt Stevens left Cape Town to study at Bath University.Two years later Stevens made his England debut against the All Blacks.


Last year Stevens was a member of England’s Rugby World Cup squad and presently has 28 England Test caps.


Sapa – Rugbyweek.com

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