Bedford Blues sign Jamie Lennard from London Irish

Jamie Lennard
Lennard had played for Rotherham, Worcester and Doncaster before Irish

Bedford Blues have agreed a deal with London Irish fly-half Jamie Lennard for next season.

The 24-year-old has made 16 appearances for the Exiles since joining in 2009, nine of which were as a replacement

He had previously played for Championship Doncaster where he scored 298 points in his final campaign.

Meanwhile, winger Ollie Dodge has committed his future to the Goldington Road club by signing a one-year extension to his contract.

Dodge, 23, initially arrived on loan from Leicester in 2006, joining permanently two years later.

The former England Under-19 and Under-20 international has scored nine tries in all competitions this season.

Director of rugby Mike Rayer said: "I'm sure that everyone is as delighted as I am that Ollie has committed to us for another season.

"He is a young player who can be massively influential on the pitch and he loves to run with the ball, put in the big tackles and score tries."

On Lennard's signing Rayer added: "Jamie is a player many people will be aware of from his time with Doncaster a couple of years ago, and I'm sure everyone remembers just how big an impact he can have on a game.

"He is only 24 with plenty of rugby ahead of him and it is really pleasing that Jamie will be joining us for the 2011/12 campaign.

"London Irish saw his talent and quickly signed him up, but Jamie's had a bit of a disrupted season this year due to injury and is keen to get back to playing regular rugby."

Bedford set up a Championship play-off semi-final against Worcester with an 80-19 win over Rotherham on Saturday.

The Blues are already due to face Warriors in the semi-final of the British & Irish Cup.

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