Albion welcomes Iain Grieve & Darren Crompton to the squad

At a press conference held at Brickfields, Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan unveiled former Bristol skipper Iain Grieve as the latest addition to his squad and also welcomed on board former England international Darren Crompton as the club’s new scrum coach.

27 year old Grieve, who stands 6’ 2” and weighs 106kgs, came through the Bristol Academy and captained the club for three seasons before being released at the end of the current campaign.

Shanahan speaking about the signing of Grieve said, “We needed someone of quality to replace Sean-Michael Stephen and as soon as I heard Iain was available I met him and made him an offer.

“Iain is still young but he has vast experience and he is a natural leader. I’m delighted that he has joined Plymouth Albion.”

42 year old Crompton, who played for England against South Africa in 2007, has for the last three months been scrum coach at London Welsh who last week gained promotion to the Premiership, ironically at the expense of his old club Bristol.

Shanahan said, “Darren will work with us for two days a week and he has vast experience in an area of the game where we struggled last season.

“Darren will work on all the technical details of the scrum and he will also do detailed analysis of opposition packs.”

Albion chairman Dr Graham Stirling added, “Both signings are fabulous for Plymouth Albion and both Iain and Darren come with excellent track records.”