Pritchard a Blue once more
June 27, 2006

Canadian team wing James Pritchard has been released by Guinness Premiership side Northampton, and picked up a two year contract with Bedford of England's National Division One, says the club's website.

Director of rugby, Mike Rayer, is pleased to have the goal kicking prowess of Pritchard back in the side, confirming they have inked a two year pact.

"He is a great professional, but the most important thing is that he wanted to come to Goldington Road," said Mike Rayer. "I am very pleased to have tied up the deal. He has a very positive attitude which is sure to rub off on the other players."

Pritchard last played for the Blues two seasons ago.

Pritchard is back in the Canadian side after a nearly three year absence following a lacklustre World Cup appearance. But in his second go around with Canada, the Australian born back, who qualifies for Canada through a Canadian grandfather, has impressed as a big part of revitalised Canadian back three, with opposite wing Justin Mensah-Coker and fullback Mike Pyke of the Edinburgh Gunners.

Against Barbados this past weekend, he set a Canadian scoring record of 31 points, with three tries and eight conversions in a 71-3 World Cup qualifer victory, by-passing Gareth Rees' 27 point haul against Namibia in the 1999 World Cup.


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