David Sisi boosts Leeds Carnegie's promotion push

David Sisi has signed for Leeds Carnegie on loan from Bath for the rest of the season. Picture: Bath Chronicle

David Sisi has signed for Leeds Carnegie on loan from Bath for the rest of the season. Picture: Bath Chronicle

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Leeds Carnegie have bolstered their squad with the signing of former England under-20 player David Sisi on loan from Bath until the end of the season.

The 6ft 5in back-rower, who was 21 on Wednesday, signed for Bath last year after playing in the England side who won the RBS Under-20 Six Nations and Junior World Championship.

He is and can play at both blind-side and open-side flanker, as well as at No 8 and, after suffering an ankle injury in pre-season, he made his Bath debut against Cardiff in the LV= Cup, and followed this up with a place in the starting line-up in the cup game against Leicester a week later.

Sisi said: "I'm excited to be joining the club and helping them in their bid to achieve a top-four finish, and hopefully promotion.

"They're an ambitious club and I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing with them in the Greene King IPA Championship.

"I have had an ankle injury for part of this season but am coming off the back of playing in two good wins in the LV=Cup with Bath, and I am now am eager to get more game-time.

"I know a few of the lads at Carnegie, obviously Charlie Beech from Bath and also Chris Walker, who was my England captain in South Africa, so it is good to be joining up with them again.”

Leeds Carnegie's director of rugby Chris Gibson said: "We are absolutely delighted that David will be with us until the end of the season, and I would like to thank Mike Ford and his colleagues at Bath for helping us to make this happen.

"He is an exciting and powerful young player who adds quality and competition to our squad.

"Anyone who saw him playing for Bath last week in the LV= Cup game at Leicester will appreciate just what a good signing this is for the club.”

Prior to his move to The Rec, he had played at London Irish and was on part of their AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) scheme.

He made a total of 12 appearances for the Exiles and became their youngest debutant aged 17 when he came on in their LV= Cup match against Sale Sharks as a replacement for Steffon Armitage.

 

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