Welsh duo commit to Exiles ahead of final

First published in Sport

London Welsh have been given an added boost ahead of Wednesday’s Championship final second leg with the Cornish Pirates with the news that Alex Davies and Nick Scott have both committed to the club.

Davies, 25, has been prolific with the boot since joining the Exiles last summer after three seasons at Plymouth Albion, where he broke one Albion record and equalled another on his way to racking up 236 points in 25 Championship appearances.

He’s continued in a similar vain since arriving at Old Deer Park, scoring 300 points in his 33 appearances for the Exiles this season in all competitions.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this year, I’ve learnt so much of Lyn Jones,” said Davies.

“We’ve got a good squad of boys and I didn’t have any interest in going anywhere else. I wanted to stay and play my rugby here.”

Davies had to bide his time when he first arrived at Welsh, with the turning point in his season coming when he stepped off the bench to land three late penalties to earn the Exiles a 17-17 draw with the Pirates in October.

The full back, who can also play at fly half, has gone from strength to strength since then.

“Moving to a new club at the start of the year it’s always difficult to go straight into the team, you’ve got to prove your worth,” added Davies.

“The Pirates game probably did kick off my season. I spend a lot of time on my goal kicking and that [Cornish Pirates game] was an opportunity for me to contribute to the team. I kicked on from there.”

Davies began his career at Sale Sharks Academy, where he spent two years before joining Waterloo RFC in National League One and then Plymouth in 2008.

He’ll be joined at London Welsh next season by Scott, who has made a huge impact at the club after joining on loan from Bath in February.

He made his debut against London Scottish at the Athletics Ground, with his debut try for the club coming in the Exiles’ round one play-off win over Nottingham.

Scott, 21, has gone on to amass seven tries in 11 Championship appearances, including one in last week’s 37-21 victory over the Pirates in the first leg of the Championship final.

After a season at Bristol, Scott joined the Bath Academy in 2009 with his first-team debut coming off the bench in the Heineken Cup against Aironi in October 2010.

The following month he made his first start for the club at Wasps in the LV=Cup and his first Premiership start against Saracens at the Rec.

He saved his maiden try for Welford Road in February 2011 in the cup.

“I came into the team quite late and Lyn put a lot of faith in me to put me in from the start, and I hope I’ve repaid that,” said Scott.

“I’ve had a great time here. I really wanted to stay and play under a good coach in Lyn. I think this club is going places and I want to be part of that.”

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones said: “I am delighted for both of them. They have deserved their chance to stay at London Welsh, applying themselves on and off the training field, enjoying and adding to the London Welsh culture and ethos.

“Their performances on the field have grown throughout the season, where they have established themselves as first choices in our starting XV.

“Greater challenges lay ahead for the two young fellas and I am confident they can make the step, with time and working diligently with the current coaching staff.”

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