London Scottish bolster squad ahead of new season

London Scottish are delighted to announce the signings of scrum-half Jordi Pasqualin from Newcastle Falcons and prop Tomas Francis from Doncaster Knights as they look ahead to the 2013/14 season.

Simon AmorPasqualin will bolster the half back options available to Director of Rugby Simon Amor for the new season and joins having made 29 appearances for the Falcons since he joined at the start of the 2011/12 season.

Sheffield-born, the 23-year-old is a product of the Gloucester Academy and spent three seasons at Kingsholm Park between 2008 and 2011 before his move to the Falcons. During that period, he spent time at Moseley on loan, helping them to the EDF Energy National Trophy final in 2009 where they defeated Leeds.

In 2011, he was a key player in Gloucester’s LV Cup winning side and played in the final against Newcastle, who he would go on to join that summer. Pasqualin has also been capped at England under-20 level and represented his country in the 2009 and 2010 6 Nations.

Amor said: “Jordi is an exciting young talent and will add plenty of additional spark to our attacking game. He has gained lots of experience at both Gloucester and Newcastle and we’re excited by what he can bring to our squad next season.

"It’s great to have two extremely talented young scrum halves in Jordi and Jamie Stevenson in place for the season ahead.”

Francis joins Scottish from relegated Doncaster Knights, where he played last season alongside his final year of studying and playing at the University of Leeds. He adds to the front row resources available to Amor as Scottish seek to build upon last season’s eighth place finish.

The talented scrummager plays primarily on the tighthead side of the front row and made nine starts for the Knights last season, in addition to two appearances off the replacements bench.

Amor continued: “We’ve been impressed with Tomas during his time up at Doncaster and we’re delighted to be able to bring him onboard for next season. He’s a powerful young front rower with lots of potential and we’re looking forward to helping him develop his game in a London Scottish shirt.”