Melton’s Will Hurrell leaves Leicester Tigers for London Welsh

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MELTON young rugby tyro Will Hurrell is looking forward to regular First team rugby after securing a move to London Welsh.

The move to the Championship club ends a long association with the Leicester Tigers, having joined the Welford Road academy aged 16.

Hurrell graduated to the club’s senior team last season, although his Premiership debut came in October 2009 against Northampton Saints in a 29-15 win. His first senior try followed in a competitive match a month later in the LV=Cup against Leeds Carnegie.

That followed the two tries he scored as an 18-year-old in a pre-season friendly at Biarritz, and an outstanding score in a man-of-the-match display against the Classic All Blacks.

He said: “I want to be playing week in, week out with a good side, which London Welsh are, and to keep improving.

“I want to be part of the team next season, play well and score tries. And if I can help the club win the Championship that would be a great outcome.

“Leicester Tigers has set me up really well for my rugby career. The training is really tough – you have to be 100 per cent all the time and I think that’s going to stand me in good stead coming to a Championship club.

“I’m looking forward to being full-time at London Welsh and seeing how their training differs and what new challenges it will pose me.”

Hurrell (21) arrives at Old Deer Park with no shortage of previous experience of Championship rugby, having enjoyed loans spells at both Coventry and Doncaster in 2009/10.

His Coventry debut came the previous season against London Welsh in National League One, and he also lined up against the Exiles for Doncaster in a 17-10 defeat at Castle Park in January 2010.

Hurrell developed his game at Melton RFC as well as Loughborough Grammar and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth First College.

He progressed quickly through county level to England U16s and by the time he was playing England U18s he’d moved from centre to the wing.

In 2008, his second year at Under 18s level, he was Player of the Tour of Argentina thanks to his match-winning hat-trick in the second Test. Hurrell has appeared in two U20 IRB Junior World Championships in Japan in 2009 and Argentina the following year.

Will’s brother Rob also played for the Tigers in two spells and is now starring in the upper echelons of National League One with Cambridge.