Marland Yarde and David Sisi have committed their foreseeable futures to London Irish, signing new contracts. Marland has signed a two year deal whilst David has signed a one year extension.
Marland Yarde, 19, has made three Aviva Premiership appearances this season. Standing 6ft tall and weighing 90kg, he has the physical attributes to go with his abundance of pace, to compete with the best in his position. He was a member of the England U20’s squad that reached the final of the World Junior Championships in Italy last July and has retained his place in the squad for this season’s fixtures.
Yarde said: “I joined the club from school and I have learnt a lot in the last few years under the guidance of Neal Hatley, Justin Bishop, Mike Catt and Toby Booth. I have been very pleased with how I’ve performed on the field and look forward to pushing on now at London Irish over the next few seasons.”
David Sisi progressed from the London Irish AASE programme into the senior Academy last summer and has made seven appearances for the Exiles this season. He scored his first try for London Irish in the LV=Cup clash against Harlequins earlier in the season. He has also represented England at U18 level.
Sisi said: “I owe a lot to London Irish and I’m thrilled to be here for another two seasons. Giselle Mather and Neal Hatley are two coaches I have worked closely with and I look forward to developing further under them and Toby Booth over the coming season.”
London Irish Academy Manager Neal Hatley said: “Marland and David are two individuals who have come through our Academy EPDG system and have this season proved their worth in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup. They are part of a promising group of young players we are immensely excited about.”
London Irish head Coach Toby Booth added: “Both players are talented Academy youngsters who we think have very promising futures. Marland is a natural finisher and has all the attributes to be a great player. David is a very physical player, as well as natural leader, who has made a good impact when required this season.”