ROMANIAN international winger Stephen Hihetah has signed for Yorkshire Carnegie.
The 23-year-old hopes to play against Aberavon in the British & Irish Cup pool two game at Hull Ionians this afternoon having joined earlier this week, although Carnegie still require clearance for him to feature.
Originally from Brent in London, the former London Scottish, Blackheath and Barking player qualifies for Romania through his mother.
Hihetah is looking to cement his place in their World Cup squad for next year – ex-Doncaster Knights coach Lynn Howells is in charge of Romania – and is initially included in a stronger Carnegie side to face Welsh opponents this afternoon.
Gary Mercer had rested a raft of players for their opening two B&I Cup games – a loss at home to Rotherham Titans and last Friday’s win at Ulster – but most return today.
Captain Ryan Burrows is among those who are back in Carnegie colours along with Pete Lucock, Jonah Holmes, Harry Leonard and Chris Pilgrim who all return after missing those initial fixtures.
Jack Walker and Paul Hill are named as replacements having trained with England Under-20s this week while a couple of other youngsters gain further experience out on dual-registration.
Nick Rawsthorne has joined Huddersfield RUFC and hopes to play at Otley in National 2 North this afternoon while Taylor Prell has also moved out.
“This is an important part of Nick’s development as a young player, looking to make his transition into the senior game,” said Academy director Andy Rock. “Nick still lives over in Halifax, which made his move to Huddersfield a logical decision. The opportunity to also work with head coach Gareth Lewis and his staff will really benefit Nick in helping him achieve his goals with us at the Academy whilst also hopefully adding some value to their playing squad after their promotion back to the league last season.
“Taylor Prell has returned from a three-day camp with England Under-20s and will join Wharfedale for their game this weekend against Loughborough. Walker and Hill, also away with England this week, come straight back into the club and will be on the bench for the first-team in the game against Aberavon this weekend in the British and Irish Cup.”