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Dragons sign Welsh-qualified ex-England U20 from the Premiership

By Kim Ekin
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Dragons have confirmed the signing of George Nott, the Welsh-qualified 26-year-old second row who has made 59 appearances for London Irish. The former England U20s forward, who checks in at 6ft 6ins and over 18 stone, originally made his senior rugby breakthrough at Sale but he now returns to the land of his birth as he was born in Bodelwyddan.

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Nott joins Rhodri Jones, Bradley Roberts, Sean Lonsdale, JJ Hanrahan and Max Clark in committing their futures to the Dragons from next season and boss Dean Ryan explained: “We’re pleased to sign George and bring another Welsh-qualified player back home. 

“George has made a positive contribution at Sale Sharks and London Irish and is a great fit for the squad we are developing. His return to Wales ensures he is in the eye of the national selectors and he is determined to make a big impression with the Dragons.”

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Not added: “I’m really excited to come back to Wales and join up with the Dragons. The Dragons are building a great squad and I am proud to be a part of it. It’s a new challenge for me and I’m eager to get stuck in and contribute.

“That being said, I have loved my time at London Irish and I’m fully committed to helping the team with some silverware before my departure. 

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“The players, staff and supporters have been fantastic from the moment I stepped into Hazelwood and I can’t thank everyone enough. There is still a lot of rugby to be played before the end of the season and I am committed to giving my all for the London Irish shirt until then.”

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Nott joined London Irish from Sale in August 2019. “We would like to wish George all the best with his move to Wales,” said Declan Kidney, the director of rugby at the Exiles. “He has been a consummate professional during his time with us and a role model for other players around the club.”

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