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Grieve brings Championship experience to Vallis Way

Iain Grieve is the latest player to join Ealing Trailfinders as the club gears up for its return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

The back-row forward spent the past season at the now-relegated Plymouth Albion where he played 18 times. He is director of coaching Ben Ward’s third new signing of the summer after Nathan Hannay moved south from Yorkshire Carnegie and Tom Bliss joined on-loan from Wasps

“After speaking with Ben Ward, looking around the club and seeing what great facilities Ealing Trailfinders have I knew with certainty that I wanted to be part of it, ” Grieve said.

“Now the club has gained promotion to the championship, I can't wait to be involved in their success and I know that they will be a competitive force in the league. The fantastic coaching staff at Ealing Trailfinders will undoubtedly give me the opportunity to develop and build my skills as a player. 

“Ealing Trailfinders strikes me as a family club, and I'm really looking forward to starting a new rugby chapter for myself and my family.”

Grieve was born in Jwaneng, Botswana and moved to Bristol aged 15 when he joined their academy. 

For Bristol the 28-year-old played 131 matches, scored 14 tries, captained the side in the Championship and played alongside current Ealing Trailfinders players, Red Pennycook and Will Davis, as well as Lions and England international Mako Vunipola. 

He has also played for England at U18, U19 and U21 level. 

“Iain has a vast amount of experience from his time at Bristol where he captained the team and played over 100 games, ” Ward said. 

“He will bring an intensity to the team, especially in defence and add competition to an already strong back row.”