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Craig Dowsett
Craig Dowsett

24 Mar 2014

Loughborough student signs professional rugby contract with Rotherham Titans

Rugby Union player Craig Dowsett is to sign for Rotherham Titans ahead of the 2014/15 Championship season, following completion of his studies at Loughborough University.

The 22 year-old winger, who can also play full back, will join up with the Titans for pre-season training in the summer.

He is currently enjoying a successful season with Loughborough in National League 1, having scored twelve tries in twenty five appearances.

Craig, a graduate in Information Management and Business Studies, is currently completing a Master’s degree in Finance and Management. Speaking about his move he said:

“Loughborough trained with Rotherham earlier in the season and I could see the similarities in culture between the two clubs. Following talks with their Head Coach, Lee Blackett, I was really impressed with the vision and aspirations of the club which really helped me in making my decision between Rotherham and the other clubs that made offers.

“Loughborough has played a major role in my development on and off the pitch, providing me with the grounding and support to allow me to advance. I have really enjoyed my time at Loughborough and am highly motivated in finishing the season as strongly as possible with them to ensure that the club remains in National 1.”

Loughborough Students’ Director of Rugby David Morris, is equally delighted that one of his protégé’s has excelled sufficiently to catch the eye of the Titans, explaining:

“I am delighted that Craig has signed professional terms with Rotherham Titans. He has been outstanding this season and has the power, pace and footwork to make a significant impact in the Championship next year.

“Huge credit must be given to Craig for his dedication to his studies and his rugby. I say to the players at Loughborough it’s not about where you start it’s about where you are at when you finish at Loughborough.

“Craig is a great example of this. He started in the fourth team in his first year. Next year he will be a full-time rugby player with a degree and masters under his belt. Not a bad place to be in for a young man. I know he will continue to develop at Rotherham Titans and everyone at Loughborough will proudly be following his rugby career.”