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Premiership's heaviest player heading to France

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Biyi Alo

The Premiership’s heaviest player – Biyi Alo – is moving to France.

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Warriors confirmed this afternoon that Biyi Alo – who tips the scales at 143kg (22st 6Ibs/315Ibs) will be joining French Pro D2 side Soyaux Angouleme this summer.

The tighthead prop has made 30 appearances for Warriors since joining from Saracens.

Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “I’d like to thank Biyi for his efforts during his time at Sixways and wish him the best of luck in his move to France.”

Biyi Alo joined Warriors in the summer of 2016 as injury dispensation cover from Premiership and European Champions Cup winners Saracens.

Alo became an important member of the first-team squad throughout the season, racking up 19 appearances and signing a permanent contract with the Club ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

The tighthead prop played in ten of Warriors’ Premiership matches and his late tries against Wasps and Sale Sharks helped to earn his side valuable bonus points.

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Alo had been part of the Saracens set-up for nearly six years before his move to Sixways and made his Premiership debut against Harlequins at Wembley in March 2015.

Alo started against Worcester Cavaliers as Saracens Storm claimed the Aviva A League title at Sixways in January 2015 before helping a young Saracens first-team lift the Anglo-Welsh Cup later that year.

The talented forward combined playing for Loughborough University alongside studying for a degree in Sports Science, Sport Development and Sport Management before joining Saracens on a full-time basis, while he also enjoyed spells with Old Albanians and Bedford Blues.

On the international front Alo was previously part of the England Under 20s squad which claimed the World Junior Championship crown in 2014 after victory over South Africa in Auckland.

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Watch: Taniela Tupou copped a brutal flying headbutt from team mate James Slipper during the Reds match against the Brumbies on the weekend and although both players appeared groggy, Tupou somehow avoided the head injury assessment.

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