London Scottish can today announce the signing of prop Derrick Appiah from Worcester Warriors for the 2017/18 season.
The 22-year-old, who featured for the Scots last season on loan, is an exciting prospect and is able to cover both tight-head and loose-head, making him a huge asset to the scrum for the Scots as well as his powerful and aggressive ball-carrying.
A product of Italian side Modena, Appiah joined Worcester Warriors in the summer of 2015 having previously featured for Mogliano in Italy’s Eccellenza Championship and the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Appiah made his Warriors debut in the European Challenge Cup against Zebre in November 2015 and went on to feature on four occasions for the Warriors in the European Challenge Cup.
Derrick joined Edinburgh Rugby on loan in February 2017, making four Guinness Pro 12 appearances during his time in the Scottish capital.
He was also a regular for the Italy U20’s during the 2014 RBS Six Nations campaign, helping Italy to a 32-13 victory over Scotland and a fifth-place finish. Later that year he helped Italy to a third-place finish in Pool A of the IRB Junior World Championship- a campaign which saw his country defeat Argentina 29-26.
Appiah is looking forward to heading to the Athletic Ground for the next stage of his career.
“I am very excited to be joining London Scottish. I’ve enjoyed my time so far in the UK and am looking forward to this new challenge. I know the Championship is a very competitive league and so I will be working hard in order to prove that I deserve to be in the starting XV each week.”
He continued: “I hope to show the supporters my best rugby on the field. I did spend a short time with the club this past season and I was very impressed with the facilities and the atmosphere around the team so I am delighted to be joining on a permanent basis.”
Director of Rugby Dave Morris is pleased to add significant bulk to the pack with this exciting signing.
“We are delighted to sign Derrick for the forthcoming season. He is a young and powerful prop who has made a strong transition in to the senior game. We are very much looking forward to working with him on the next stage of his development.”