Ampthill have agreed an exciting loan arrangement with Aviva Premiership champions Saracens that will see young players contracted to Saracens Academy continue their match development under the Ampthill coaching team headed by Paul Turner.
Orchestrated by Ampthill director of rugby Mark Lavery and Saracens academy manager Don Barrell, the first two players to benefit from the deal are promising young prop forwards Ralph Adams-Hale (loosehead) and Billy Walker (tighthead).
Adams-Hale made two appearances off the bench for Saracens in the LV Cup last season and four for Old Albanians, including three starts in National One.
Both played for the Saracens Academy side which won the Premiership Rugby/RFU U18 academy final, defeating Northampton Saints 23-19 in February.
Walker made five appearances off the bench for Bishop’s Stortford in National 2 South last season, including the National 1 playoff against Ampthill where he impressed the coaching team.
Lavery said: “I am delighted that Saracens agreed to loan two such promising players to Ampthill for our National One campaign.
“Equally it’s a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from our Tongan multiple capped front row forwards, Aleki Lutui and Viliami Ma’asi.”
Turner added: “Ralph and Billy will both prove great additions to strengthen the Ampthill forward pack for our debut season in National One.
“I’ve known of Ralph for some time, while Billy showed his potential with his displays for Bishop’s Stortford last season; I have no doubt that a big future lies ahead of both of them.”
Barrell agreed with the sentiments, adding: “Saracens are looking forward to having our young players at Ampthill.
“Ralph and Billy will benefit from the loan and it will allow the young players to gain the valuable rugby experience that Ampthill can offer.”
He continued: “It is a club with good ambition and we are looking forward to seeing them compete in National 1 next season.”
Ampthill RUFC is a Bedfordshire-based community rugby club with more than 500 members, regularly fielding more than 16 teams each week during the season drawn from its senior, youth (U19), junior (U12-U17), mini (U6-U11) and female squads.