SCARBOROUGH RUFC have started strengthening their squad for the new Yorkshire One season by signing up South African prop forward Nino Cutino.
The first overseas player recruited as part of a rebuilding summer pitched up at Silver Royd this week following his long journey north from his native South Africa.
The 25-year-old from Cape Town went through the formalities of signing for the club and having had a guided tour of the Silver Royd complex with girlfriend Amy, was soon ‘suited and booted’ in his new club’s colours on the main pitch.
The muscular prop forward from the False Bay club in Cape Town said: “I have come here to take up the challenge of playing rugby and experiencing the culture in England and the terrific facilities here at Scarborough RUFC should help me achieve both ambitions.
“I am eager to meet my new teammates and get on with preparation for the new season which should be a challenging one for both me and the club.”
Cutino, who plays loose head prop, but can play on either side of the front row, is looking forward to pre-season training and mixing it with Yorkshire’s best in the coming season.
Scarborough Chief Executive Graeme Young said: “We are delighted to have secured the signing of Nino. We are looking to build a new squad of fit, young and dynamic players and he fits the bill in every sense. He is clearly very committed to rugby and training.
“We have made another very exciting signing in the forwards which will be formalised over the next fortnight.”
He added: “However the majority of our recruitment has been concentrated on the back line with fly-half Tom Harrison already on board.
“A number of contacts have been made and a shortlist of three players in critical backline positions will be finalised before the end of July.
“With a host of young local talent knocking on the 1st XV door the prospects for next season are very promising”