Rugby Union: Underwood signs up for Bedford

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Rory Underwood has joined Bedford's campaign to gain promotion from the Second Division - only four days after ending his long career at Leicester with a testimonial.

The 34-year-old wing, who is England's most capped player with 85 appearances, has decided to team up again with his former England and Lions manager, Geoff Cooke, who is now chief executive at Bedford.

Cooke said: "Rory has secured his place in English rugby history as the greatest wing three-quarter. Bringing a player of his experience here is a great bonus to the club."

Bedford also announced the signing of Alistair Murdoch, an Australian with Scottish parents who plays either centre or wing; David Hinkins, a prop forward from Bristol; the Bridgend flanker Jason Forster; and centre Nick Smith, from Gloucester.

Llanelli have named the Welsh international Nigel Davies as their assistant coach to work with their director of coaching, Gareth Jenkins.

Doddie Weir said yesterday he was very pleased with his progress after resuming training with Newcastle, having recovered from the injury which many feared would cost him his career. The Scotland and British Lions lock said: "I'm hoping to be fit for the opening league game of the season on 23 August - that's the target and if my rehabilitation goes to plan there's no reason to doubt that."