Ex-glouces­ter star­let Tonks signs academy con­tract at Worces­ter

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» FOR­MER Glouces­ter Academy player Ma­son Tonks has signed for Worces­ter.

The young­ster has been play­ing reg­u­larly for Worces­ter Cava­liers in the Premier­ship Rugby Shield this sea­son since be­ing re­leased by the Cherry and Whites and has now signed an Academy con­tract.

Tonks has also been dual-reg­is­tered with Birm­ing­ham Moseley and he made his de­but for the Na­tional One club in their de­feat by Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park on Satur­day.

The winger, who grew up in West­bury-on-sev­ern, has played in­ter­na­tion­ally for Eng­land Sev­ens and also starred for Worces­ter in the Premier­ship Rugby 7’s in the sum­mer.

Tonks never made a se­nior ap­pear­ance for Glouces­ter but did play for them in the Premier­ship Rugby 7’s.

War­riors have also dual-reg­is­tered Kai Owen - who made his de­but against Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park - and num­ber eight Tom Dodd with Moseley, tak­ing the num­ber of play­ers cur­rently gain­ing se­nior ex­pe­ri­ence out­side of the Gal­lagher Premier­ship to seven, in­clud­ing prop Joe Mor­ris and lock James Scott who have played Cham­pi­onship rugby for Hart­pury.

Worces­ter Academy man­ager Chim Gale said: “Hav­ing guys play­ing in the Cham­pi­onship and Na­tional Leagues is of huge ben­e­fit to them.

“It gives them the op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their rugby ed­u­ca­tion by play­ing se­nior rugby week in and week out and that is in­valu­able, par­tic­u­larly when we do not have a Premier­ship Shield match for two months.”

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