Bor­ough’s Lithua­nian stars switch to Lions

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - by BOB FRENCH

PETER­BOR­OUGH Lions have pulled off a ma­jor coup by sign­ing two star in­ter­na­tional play­ers . . . from city ri­vals Bor­ough.

Lithua­nian in­ter­na­tion­als Gedis Mar­cisauskas and Max Gu­seinov have de­cided to move across the city from Fen­gate to Bret­ton Park and am­bi­tious Lions chair­man Andy Moore says more could fol­low.

Full-back Gu­seinov and cen­tre Mar­cisauskas, who helped Lithua­nia set a world record of 18 con­sec­u­tive Test vic­to­ries to­wards the end of last sea­son, were both key mem­bers of the Bor­ough side that fin­ished in the top half of Na­tional League Di­vi­sion Three (Mid­lands) in the 2009/10 sea­son.

It would have come as no sur­prise to see the tal­ented two­some move on to a higher level but in­stead they have dropped down two lev­els to play for the Lions.

Con­tro­ver­sial Moore, who only a week ago re­cruited an­other player from the Bor­ough first team in the shape of scrum-half Paul Hum- phrey, ac­cepts he’s now prob­a­bly the most hated man down at Fen­gate. But he in­sists he’s poached no­body.

“I haven’t nicked the play­ers - Bor­ough have lost them,” he said. “Clubs must learn to look af­ter their play­ers. The two Lithua­ni­ans are a mas­sive coup and the team is shap­ing up big-time.

“I think Gedis and Max just fan­cied a new chal­lenge and you won’t find a more am­bi­tious club in the coun­try at the moment than the Lions.

“We’re not just af­ter pro­mo­tion from Mid­lands Di­vi­sion Two East (South) next sea­son - we want an­other pro­mo­tion af­ter that and an­other af­ter that. And we want to get to Twick­en­ham next sea­son in the cup.

“Our aim is proper Na­tional League rugby for Peter­bor­ough in four or five sea­sons and you can see by the type of sign­ings I’m mak­ing that I mean busi­ness.

“Pete Ko­lakowski joined us last sea­son from Cam­bridge and he’s a mas­sive draw for us. He shares my am­bi­tions and he’s a cap­tain who’ll at­tract more big name play­ers to the club.

“We’re al­ready in talks with an in­ter­na­tional prop from Lithua­nia and an­other prop from South Africa.

“Train­ing starts at the be­gin­ning of July so let’s see who else turns up. Watch this space.”

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