Fox strengthens the Lions pack with three more big additions

Marius Andirijauskas has returned to the Lions den.

Marius Andirijauskas has returned to the Lions den.

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Peterborough Lions are continuing to strengthen their pack ahead of the 2015/2016 National League season.

Last month they announced the signing of experienced second row forward, Darrell Ball, the Army captain. This month they’ve been joined by three more giants.

Nico Steenkamp has rejoined the Lions.

Nico Steenkamp has rejoined the Lions.

All three are making their way to Bretton Park from Shelford, who were relegated from National League Two last season, and two of them are well known to local rugby fans.

South African prop Nico Steenkamp (30) and Lithuanian second row Marius Andrijauskas (35) both played at Borough in their heyday and both moved across the city to join the Lions.

Steenkamp then spent three seasons plying his trade at Championship level - two with Bedford Blues and one with Rotherham Titans - before joining Shelford last season. Andrijauskas, a Lithuanian international, is back at Bretton Park after spending just one season away with Shelford.

The third newcomer is tight-head prop Chris Cutts (28) and he’s had spells playing in New Zealand and France.

After completing his sports science degree at renowned rugby-playing institution Hartpury College, Cutts began his globetrotting adventure.

First stop was New Zealand club side Helensville, followed by a spell playing professionally for St Nazaire in the French third tier, Federale One.

On returning to England, Cutts linked up with Cambridge, then playing in National League One, before joining Shelford two seasons ago.

Lions head coach Darren Fox said: “These are three more excellent signings that will add a wealth of experience and a lot more aggression to our pack.

“If we’re to achieve what we say we’re going to achieve - namely to win promotion from National League Division Three - then we have to have strong competition for places and a squad strong enough to cope with injuries.

“These signings - and I’m sure there’ll be more - will give us that.

“South Leicester won this division last season by strangling the life out of teams at the set-piece. That’s where we need to be stronger and again the four signings we’ve made so far should dramatically improve that side of our game.”

The Lions started their pre-season training this week and sessions will continue on a Tuesday and Thursday (6.30pm start) at Bretton Park.

“Anybody who wants to aspire to play National League rugby for a Peterborough team is welcome to come along,” added Fox.