Morris Hoping to Have the Correct Medicine for Hoppers

Date: 30 August 2017

A further addition to the PGRFC Senior Squad comes in the form of James Morris. Morris is a former Stonyhurst College student who has recently qualified as a Doctor and has taken up a position at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Comfortable across the back row, he won school boy representative honours for Lancashire whereupon graduating from college he moved to Australia and represented Lindfield RFC in Sydney in the New South Wales Club Competition. For the record, Wallabies such as Stirling Mortlock and Andrew Blades have affiliations with the club.

On returning to the UK James took up a place at Imperial College in London and was skipper of the University 1st XV for two years whilst gaining his degree. Having returned to the North West, he is now keen to establish himself at Hoppers.

Speaking on his decision to sign for Hoppers James said “Preston Grasshoppers is a permanent fixture on the landscape of Lancashire rugby. It’s a fantastic club to be involved in and I’ve sensed from my time at the club already that it’s an important part of the community too. The club’s values made it an easy decision to join Hoppers. I can’t wait to get out on the pitch with the lads and wear the shirt”.

Head of Rugby Operations Gareth Dyer said “James contacted the club over the summer and asked about opportunities to come down and get involved. He has a good pedigree in the game and we are keen to get him involved. He can play across the back row so we will see how his skill set compliments the rest of the back-row options we have but it increases competition in that area”.

Morris chance to make an impression has been delayed whilst he recovers from a minor knee problem but he is expected to resume full training in early October.

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