Monday, December 19, 2011

Adam Kleeberger signs for London Scottish

Canadian flanker Adam Kleeberger has signed for English Championship (Division 2) side London Scottish until the end of the season. Kleeberger was one of Canada's standout players during the recent World Cup in New Zealand, he attracted plenty of attention from the huge beard he was wearing at the time alongside some good performances, at one point he was linked with Top 14 strugglers Biarritz as a medical joker for the long term injured Magnus Lund, however the deal never came to fruition.

His move to London Scottish marks a return to professional rugby in England after the 27 year old previously played for the Rotherham Titans from 2009-2010. In 2010 Kleeberger played in New Zealand for Auckland in the ITM Cup. He did not have the most memorable season, however, as he only played two matches before having his season ended due to injury. His move to England will see him join a number of key Canadian players in the English second division such as Aaron Carpenter, Tyler Hotson, James Pritchard and Phil MacKenzie. Kleeberger is likely to still be around for Rugby World Cup 2015 which will be hosted by England. His test career started in 2005 vs France.

Kleeberger will join Argentine internationals Alfredo Lalanne and Agustín Gosio who also both signed for London Scottish after the World Cup. However on the pitch, London Scottish are struggling and are 10th in the Championship and it looks almost certain that they will have to take part in the end of season relegation playoffs.

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