Ealing Trailfinders have captured flanker Arthur Ellis from Welsh side the Ospreys.
The 24-year-old hails from the Ealing area and is a former St Benedict’s School pupil.
He previously played for London Wasps, London Scottish and Chinnor before crossing the Severn Bridge to play for Bridgend Ravens and Newport before moving to the Ospreys.
At 5ft 9ins, Ellis is a flanker in the Neil Back mould, quick to the breakdown where he is able to use his abrasiveness and strength to win plenty of turnover ball.
“Arthur is someone we played against when he was coming through the academy at Wasps,” director of coaching Ben Ward said.
“He played hooker that day for Chinnor and caused us endless problems around the pitch.
“He has been playing for the Ospreys and in the Welsh Premiership and he will bring speed to our back row. He has great hands and will certainly thrive especially on our new pitch ."
Ellis is the third Welshman to join Trailfinders this week following the arrivals of Matt Jarvis and Alex Walker .