IT WAS not just the England World Cup squad flying from New Zealand to the UK in the past few days.
Making the same journey were three players who were leaving their homeland to help Bridlington’s push for the Yorkshire One title.
Morgan Kinnaird, Wiremu Cookson (known as Woody) and James Thompson have all arrived from the Opotiki Rugby Club, a small town on the country’s North Island.
Kinnaird, a 22-year-old prop, and Cookson, another forward who is a year older, have both played for the Eastern Bay of Plenty representative side, while second row Thompson, also 22, has played for the Bay Of Plenty at under 18 and under 20 level.
The trio made their debuts for Bridlington’s second string on Saturday and two have been promoted to the first team squad for this weekend.
Bridlington director of rugby Kieran Lawry said: “I am extremely happy to welcome our three new players to Bridlington and am sure they will enjoy everything the club and the town has to offer.
“Morgan, James and Wiremu have all been highly recommended and bring with them excellent skills and vast knowledge, not to mention plenty of physicality that will add to our vastly developing squad.
“They have recently been involved in some pre-World Cup warm up sessions against the Fiji national side which I’m sure was a great experience.
“They will add a lot of potential to our young forward pack and really increase the competition for a starting place in the side which in turn will raise the standard of rugby through the whole club.”