England international makes shock move to ambitious Championship side

Adam Kyriacou
Matt Kvesic signing for Coventry

England international back-row Matt Kvesic has found a new club after signing for ambitious Championship side Coventry ahead of the 2023/24 campaign.

Kvesic arrives at the club from Italian outfit Zebre Parma where he finished last season, following the shock collapse of Worcester Warriors in the Premiership.

The 31-year-old made more than 200 senior appearances in the top flight of English rugby, playing for Worcester, Gloucester and Exeter during this time.

Proven top-end Premiership player

He now adds this experience to a Coventry side that finished in third position in last season’s Championship, who are delighted to have snapped him up.

“We’re delighted to bring Matt to Coventry,” said head coach Alex Rae. “He’s a proven top-end Premiership player who’s also been capped for England.

“The thing that impressed me most was his desire and enthusiasm to come and have an impact on the field for Coventry and also to help our younger players develop by sharing his experience.

“Everyone you speak to only has good things to say about Matt as a person, which was equally appealing, so we think it’s a terrific fit and one to be excited about.”

Kvesic, who made his England debut in 2013 against Argentina and has four caps to his name, revealed that he can’t wait to get back on the rugby field.

Should be really good fun

“I’m really looking forward to playing some rugby; I’m still really hungry to play and contribute to the team,” he said, with former team-mate Will Chudley already at Coventry.

“The Championship is a tough, competitive league, and hopefully we can close the gap on those top two teams and go past them.

“I’ve been well informed by Will that this is a real family club, and you can see with the number of Season Memberships just how energetic our home games will be.

“It should be really good fun, I’m looking forward to it.”

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