NOTTINGHAM has completed a double coup by bringing
talented fly-half Matthew Jarvis and heavy-duty lock Neilus Keogh
to the Meadow Lane club next season.
Jarvis, 22, a former junior Welsh international, joins from
RaboDirect Pro12 outfit Connacht having played for the Irish
club in the Heineken Cup this season.
Keogh, 26, who featured for Ireland at schoolboy, university and
under-19 and 20 levels, joins from Italian outfit Lazio.
Green and Whites head coach Martin Haag said the pair will be
"We are delighted to bring these guys in. Both are very exciting
prospects who want to be part of Nottingham Rugby's future and I'm
looking forward to working with them," Haag said.
"Matt is an excellent prospect who has Heineken Cup and Pro12
experience. Similar to Jimmy Arlidge, Matt has good control of the
game and is a sharp goal kicker. He has the ability to take the
line on, and importantly he wants to get on board with us as we
continue our journey. He is a player that has the character and
skills needed in a key position.
"Neilus is a big, mobile man who is good in lineouts and has
great handling skills. He is the type of player that will fit in
well to the squad both on and off the field."
Commenting on his move to Meadow Lane, Keogh said: "Nottingham
are enjoying great success this season and the ambition they have
"In less than a year Martin Haag has had a big influence and he
is someone that I'm really looking forward to working under. As a
player he achieved so much and as a second row, specifically, I
firmly believe that there is a lot to learn from him and that I can
take my game to a new level with the Green and Whites."
Jarvis, who rose through Ospreys' ranks before moving to
Ireland, said: "I'm really looking forward to moving to the East
Midlands and joining a club with great ambition.
"Already I'm excited about starting work with head coach Martin
Haag and backs coach Ben Johnston in pre-season. It is a
fantastic and very professional set up at Meadow Lane and I want to
be part of the clubs success and help them move forward.
"I'm just looking forward to playing week in and week out and
getting more game time with a club that is determined to go
"I've had a great time with Connacht and enjoyed some amazing
opportunities this season in the Heineken Cup which is the pinnacle
of club rugby. It is experiences like starting against English
champions Harlequins at The Stoop which I will use to help me as a
player as I try to step up with Nottingham next season."
At A GLANCE
Date of Birth: 25th Aug 1990
Height:1.93 m (6' 4")
Weight:91 kg (14 st 4 lb)
Current club:Connacht (joined in 2011)
Wales U18/U20. Vice-captain of U20 Wales side that face England
in February 2010.
Date of Birth: 10th March 1987
Height: 201cm (6' 7")
Current club: Lazio Rugby (joined in
Former clubs:Leinster Rugby (training contract)
2011 - 2012; Lansdowne RFC 2009 - 2012; University College Cork RFC
2005 - 2009.
Ireland Schools/U19/U20/Universities; Munster Schools/U19/U20;
Ireland U 20 Six Nations 2007 Grand Slam winner.