Hartlepool add new talent to Bangkok International rugby sevens squad

Alex Rochester (right) puts in a god tackle for Rovers in the win over Gosforth
Alex Rochester (right) puts in a god tackle for Rovers in the win over Gosforth

Hartlepool rugby have filled the final two spots for their Bangkok International Sevens squad.

Manager John Bickerstaff today named Horden & Peterlee full-back, Brad Green, and Rovers winger, Alex Rochester, for the party which will fly out to Thailand a week tomorrow.

Brad’s fully fit now and had some debut for Horden

JOHN BICKERSTAFF

Hartlepool’s united rugby side is the brainchild of town businessman, Alby Pattison, whose company, Hart Innovations, is the tournament sponsor for the prestigious competition on November 11-12, which features teams from Australia and New Zealand.

Bickerstaff told SportMail he was pleased to add two gifted backs to the side.

Green inspired Horden & Peterlee’s 29-21 Durham Northumberland One success at Ponteland on his debut Saturday.

The full-back scored with his first touch, touched down for a second try and with his team just 24-21 up, created the late match-clinching try for winger Ben Turnbull.

“Brad was on our radar last year when we were entering the 2016 tournament, which was then cancelled when the King of Thailand died,” he said.

“He’d been recommended to us only to suffer a long-term injury.

“But he’s fully fit now and had some debut for Horden on Saturday.

“Brad’s scored two tries, made the winner and been sin-binned, harshly I believe, so he’s had an eventful first game.

“It’s great to have him with us and Alex too.”

Rochester has made six starts for Rovers this season, four at full-back and two on the wing, though has yet to get on the scoresheet.

“Alex is only a young fella, but he’s played a lot of games in Durham Northumberland One, which is a very competitive league,” said Bickerstaff.

“He’s someone I’ve seen play a fair bit at Rovers.

“Alex is quick, good with the ball in hand and he can tackle.

“We’ll need all those attributes in Bangkok.

“We’re grateful to Seymour Civil Engineering for their sponsorship injection which as allowed us to bring in these lads.”