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Second row forward Obinna Nkwocha will join Coventry Rugby from Premiership finalists Saracens ahead of the 2023/24 season. 

The 20-year-old Saracens Academy product appeared in the Premiership Rugby Cup in addition to making loan appearances at Bedford and Ampthill during the course of last season.

At 6ft 6 and nearly 19 stone Nkwocha adds some serious bulk to a Coventry pack that played a big part in an outstanding 2022/23 campaign. This culminated in the club claiming third place in the RFU Championship.

Nkwocha first played rugby at Brentwood School as a teenager before becoming part of Saracens’ Junior Academy. The second row then moved to Felsted School from where he was selected to play for England U18s against Scotland. 

In June 2021 Nkwocha was offered a contract by Saracens immediately after leaving school and two years later he joins the Blue-and-Whites directly from the North London Club’s Senior Academy. 

Speaking about his decision to sign with the club, Nkwocha said: “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to join Coventry. I’m looking forward to working with the team and seeing how I can develop my game.” 

Head Coach Alex Rae is already looking forward to the second-row arriving at Butts Park: “It’s great to welcome Obinna,” he said.

“He’s a young man with bags of potential and promise; he’s got some really good attributes to work with and we’re excited to help him fulfil his potential.”

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