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Montanella re-signs for London Welsh

Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:08
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Powerful prop Franck Montanella has signed a two-year contract extension with London Welsh.

Powerful prop Franck Montanella has signed a two-year contract extension with London Welsh.

Montanella has been in outstanding form so far this season and has been a mainstay of the club's formidable scrum, having played in 11 Premiership games since signing from Bourgoin, scoring two tries - against Gloucester and Wasps.

Recently named in the Premiership team of the season at the half-way stage by Premiership Rugby, Montanella was described as epitomising the club's "warrior spirit", and has quickly established himself as a firm favourite with the London Welsh supporters.

‘I am very happy to sign for the next two seasons with London Welsh,’ said Franck. ‘I had other opportunities but I decided to stay as I share the same vision as head coach, Lyn Jones; to secure the long term future for London Welsh in the Premiership – and I am 100% focused on that goal. I love the club, the spirit and the supporters; there is a real family feel. Right now I am happy and proud to be a Dragon!’

Commenting of Montanella’s contract extension, head coach Lyn Jones said, "It could have proved a testing time for Franck adapting to English rugby, but he's taken to the challenge and showed himself as a genuine Premiership standard player. We are delighted to extend his stay here as he will prove a good signing both on and off the field."

Montanella began his professional career at Narbonne and had two seasons with Stade Francais before joining Bourgoin for the 2011-12 season. He gained his only cap as a replacement when France played New Zealand at Eden Park on the tour of 2007.

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