Welsh recruitment continues

Date published: April 29 2015

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London Welsh have further strengthened their squad for next season with the signings of half-backs Joe Carlisle and Josh Davies.

Fly-half Carlisle joins Welsh after a season at Italian club Treviso, where he competed in this season's inaugural Champions Cup.

Carlisle featured against Northampton Saints (twice), Ospreys and Racing Métro and has also made ten appearances for Treviso in this season's Pro12, scoring 47 points.

A product of the Worcester Academy, he left the Warriors in 2013 to join Wasps, where he scored 120 points in 26 appearances.

Vastly experienced, Carlisle has scored 154 points in 48 Premiership appearances and amassed 205 points in 30 European matches.

Scrum-half Davies was part of the hugely impressive Wales U20 side which sensationally reached the IRB Junior World Championship final in 2013 in France.

He joins Welsh from Plymouth Albion whom he joined in April 2014 from Neath, having racked up four tries in just eight appearances for the Principality Premiership club.

Davies came through the Newport Gwent Dragons Academy, playing for the Dragons' U16 and U18 squads, and he also represented Wales at U18 and U19.

His Principality Premiership debut came for Newport – the first of 24 appearances he made for the club between 2010-12 – and he also played 11 Premiership matches for Bedwas in 2012/13.

London Welsh Director of Rugby Steve Lewis said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of Joe and Josh for next season's campaign. Joe is hugely experienced, an accurate goal kicker with good distribution and excellent game management, while Josh is an exciting young player who has shown enough in his short career so far to suggest that he will be an excellent addition to our fast developing squad.
 
"Joe and Josh will add real competition at half back, with Olly Barkley, Rob Lewis and Will Robinson having already committed to the club for next season.”

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