Hart­pury lock Lin­sell signs

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GLOUCES­TER have signed Hart­pury cap­tain Si­mon Lin­sell for the 2018-19 sea­son.

The lock has been re­warded for a good sea­son with the Cham­pi­onship club, whose con­sis­tency in terms of both per­sonal per­for­mance and group lead­er­ship saw him voted as the play­ers and coaches Player of the Sea­son at last week’s awards din­ner.

Lin­sell played his ju­nior rugby at his lo­cal club side Pain­swick and at Mar­ling School in Stroud, be­fore join­ing Glouces­ter as a ju­nior academy player back in 2013.

It was at this time that he first ap­peared in a Hart­pury shirt, play­ing a un­der the cap­taincy of Chris Fortey in Na­tional League Two.

His uni­ver­sity rugby was played at Ex­eter, where his lead­er­ship skills were recog­nised with the cap­taincy of their BUCS and BUCS Su­per Rugby squad.

He led Ex­eter to Na­tional suc­cess in 2016 and was also skip­per of the side that lost to Hart­pury in the 2017 play-off fi­nal at Twick­en­ham.

Hart­pury di­rec­tor of rugby John Barnes said: “We are so pleased that Si­mon has been signed by his home­town Pre­mier­ship club.

“When he joined us last sum­mer, from Ex­eter Uni­ver­sity, we saw the po­ten­tial that he of­fered us as both a player and a leader.

“He has skip­pered the team ex­cep­tion­ally well this year, through what have been some dif­fi­cult times, while rarely let­ting his own per­sonal per­for­mance stan­dards suf­fer.”

“This is yet more ev­i­dence of what Hart­pury is all about - de­vel­op­ing rugby tal­ent for the pro­fes­sional game.

“Si­mon joins an in­creas­ingly long list of for­mer Hart­pury play­ers now mak­ing a liv­ing in full-time pro­fes­sional rugby.”

Given the close work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween Hart­pury and Glouces­ter Rugby, it is not in­con­ceiv­able that Lin­sell will be back in red and black again in the fu­ture.

He has skip­pered the team ex­cep­tion­ally well this year, through what have been some dif­fi­cult times, while rarely let­ting his own per­for­mance stan­dards suf­fer

John Barnes

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