In what has been a busy week of transfers at Castle Park Griff has added a third new signing to his squad, fly half Piers Francis.
The Kent born outside half joins the Knights having parted company with Guinness Pro 12 side Edinburgh Rugby this summer, after two seasons with the Club. Piers made 15 appearances with the Edinburgh senior side featuring in both the Pro 12 and Heineken Cup.
24-year-old Francis honed his skills in the academy of Premiership heavyweights Saracens, spending three years with the Club before furthering his education in New Zealand. The number ten was part of the Auckland Blues academy and featured for Auckland in the ITM Cup, making seven appearances in their 2011 campaign before moving to Waikato.
Following the 2011 campaign Piers joined the Waikato Chiefs as part of their ‘wider training squad.’ The Chiefs won the 2012 Super Rugby competition and whilst a groin injury and fierce competition limited his chances with the first team the stand off featured in the ITM Cup with Waikato and trained along side All Blacks including; Liam Messon, Aaron Cruden, Sonny Bill Williams and Brodie Retalick.
Francis has signed until March 2015 and will stake his claim for the number 10 jersey against Jamie Lennard and Paul Roberts.
Speaking this morning Griff said of his new addition. “His game management seems to be very good, I like the way he goes to the line and sacrifices himself.
“He has had a thorough rugby education, starting at Saracens academy then playing out in New Zealand with Auckland and Edinburgh Rugby.
“At present Jamie Lennard is out injured, fly half is such an important position so we had to act quickly.
“Piers was coming into the country and we have signed him until the first week of March when he will return to play in New Zealand.
“He has a great grounding at a very high level, he has already shown some real quality in training and will be a most welcome addition to the team.”