Plymouth Albion sign Martin Rice

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Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan has strengthened his front row options by signing prop Martin Rice.

31 year old Rice will be returning to Albion, having previously played for the club from 2005-2010.

Rice was signed from Launceston by Graham Dawe in February 2005, and went on to make 92 league appearances for Albion.

That figure would have been much higher if Rice hadn’t suffered a number of serious injuries during his time at Brickfields.

As well as picking up two bad knee injuries, Rice had a major operation to repair a prolapsed disc in his neck.

Rice, who become one of the stand out players in the second tier of English rugby, had a two match loan spell at Premiership outfit Wasps in the 2009-2010 season.

Rice was then out of the game for 19 months through a combination of his neck injury and work commitments running the family farm.

In 2011 Rice rejoined the Cornish All Blacks and has played a few games for the Polson Bridge outfit.

Rice has been training with Albion and will go straight into the squad for this weekends match against Bristol at Brickfields.