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RUGBY UNION Coventry pounce for young stars.

Coventry, once the home of a legion of international players, now have two more. They announced the signing yesterday of Simon Amor Simon Daniel Edward Amor (born 25 April 1979 in Kingston upon Thames) is an English rugby union footballer who plays at scrum-half or fly-half for Wasps and is the captain of the England Sevens squad.

Amor was educated at Hampton School and Cambridge University.
 and James Hayter James Hayter may refer to:
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  • James Hayter (footballer)
, who leave on Sunday on the England Under-21 tour of Argentina.

"We've signed a number of new players whose names we will announce shortly," said Keith Richardson, the director of rugby.

"It should be good for our image to let people know that we now have two England internationals."

Amor, a fly-half, has been signed from Blackheath. Previously, he was with London Irish
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London Irish (also known as The Exiles) are an English rugby union club who are based in Sunbury, Surrey (16 miles from London) where they train.
. Hayter is a hooker from Orrell and as Richardson is England's Under-21 coach, no one knows the two players better.

He describes Amor as "a bit small, but developing physically. He's a very good prospect - almost Welsh in the way that he plays."

Amor, he says, is "tough." And he has spent a year in New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. , hardening his game.

Both players should have acquired an added edge by the time they return from the Argentine. England, along with Wales, Ireland and France, are joining the southern hemisphere nations in competition for the Sanzar Cup, which is the junior equivalent of the World Cup.

England play Australia next Friday Next Friday is the 2000 sequel to Friday , which depicts the neighborhood of South Los Angeles in a comedic sense. The hero, Craig Jones (Ice Cube), leaves home and moves in with his lottery winning and sex-crazed Uncle Elroy (Don "D.C." Curry) in Rancho Cucamonga. , South Africa three days later, Wales, the pool games and the finals after that and Richardson promises them a torrid time.

"This is the toughest tournament these lads will play in their lives," he said. "Five internationals in two weeks."

Coventry have started their pre-season training and Richardson has left the squad in little doubt about the fitness levels he expects. There will be regular testing at Warwick University and few sides will be as ready, physically, for the new season as Richardson's men.

England back-row forward Ben Clarke has signed a two-year contract to rejoin Bath after a three-year absence.

Clarke spent five seasons at the Recreation Ground, having joined them from Saracens in July 1991, making 61 league appearances and scoring 14 tries.

Since leaving the west country, he has been captain at Richmond and led them to the Premiership Two title, pipping Newcastle to the top spot, in his first season as skipper.

But last season's financial crisis and the subsequent merger with London Scottish and London Irish has meant an exodus of international talent.

Exeter Chiefs, of Premiership Two, have signed All Black flanker Blair Foote from New Zealand national provincial champions North Harbour.

The 6ft 3ins 15st back-row forward, who is due in Britain on August 3, will bring an impressive pedigree, having played for New Zealand at sevens, Under-21 and full international level.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 9, 1999
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