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Shanahan adds three more new recruits at Brickfields

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Tom Cowan-Dickie

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Plymouth Albion coach James Shanahan has continued his rebuilding process for next season with three more signings.

Shanahan has signed Wales Under-20 scrum-half Josh Davies from Neath, back-row forward Alistair Bone from Loughborough Students and Tom Cowan-Dickie from Exeter Chiefs.

Hooker/prop Cowan-Dickie has spent the last two seasons at Albion as a dual-registered player but will now be a full-time Plymouth squad member.

Lymington-born Davies, 21, is a former Academy player at Newport-Gwent Dragons. The 5ft 7in back has had four years of experience in the Welsh Premiership.

Bone, an England Under-16 cap, has played for Loughborough since 2011, after a spell with Esher. The 22-year-old has made 11 starts and eight replacement appearances in National One this season.

Cowan-Dickie, Davies and Bone follow Ted Stagg, Mark Kohler, Lawrence Rayner and Ben Axten-Burrett in signing for Albion next summer.

Heath Stevens, Gareth Evans, Chris Elder, Sean-Michael Stephen, Dan Mugford, Tom Bowen and Ben Rogers have already confirmed they are leaving the Championship club, while veteran centre Pale Nonu is also set to move on.

Nonu is expected to be confirmed this week as backs coach at Cornish All Blacks, alongside director of rugby Neil Bayliss and new forwards coach Mike Lewis, the former Albion lock who is currently head coach at Tavistock.

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