Talking about badly kept secrets on t’internet as we did in the previous post I suppose that we should mention that Ulster Rugby have confirmed the transfer of Ryan Caldwell to Bath at the end of the season.
It seems that Ryan has had enough of the Raven’s advice every time he appeared in the Scoop and has decided to try his luck over in Bath. I wonder if he knows that Raging Raven sometimes goes over there to visit Flat Top?
Ulster are bringing back Lewis Stevenson (below right) who has been plying his trade at Exeter and, more recently, London Harlequins:
Lewis will finish the current season with Harlequins before linking up with the Ulster squad in the summer. Stevenson, who has represented Ireland at Schools, U-19 and U-21 level, was previously on the books at Ulster before joining Exeter Chiefs. His impressive form over a number of seasons culminated in him gaining selection for the National One League Team of the Season in 2009. This form alerted Harlequins who signed him that summer and he went on to make 29 appearances for the London outfit.
The 6’ 7” second row will be a welcome addition to the squad, bringing even more competition to an engine room that already includes Johann Muller, Dan Tuohy and Tim Barker.
“I’m very excited to be joining Ulster. When I left the province it was always my intention to come back with a bit of experience under my belt. It’s a great time for Ulster Rugby at the moment and it’s brilliant to be able to come on board. It’s going to be an exciting new challenge for me and I’m delighted.”
Stevenson joins as a replacement for Ryan Caldwell who has been released a year early from his contract to link up with Bath this summer.