Ealing Trailfinders snap up 25-year-old Exeter Chiefs prop

Ealing Trailfinders have confirmed the signing of loosehead prop James Kenny from Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Kenny, 25, came through the Exeter Chiefs academy and made 33 appearances for the first teams, but joins the Championship winners on a permanent deal having been on loan with Ealing for a brief spell during the 2023/24 season, making one appearance off the bench on the final day of the 23/24 season.

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During his time with Chiefs, Kenny went on dual registration with National League 1 club Plymouth Albion and Championship side Cornish Pirates and also gained honors with England U20s

Speaking about the move to the Ealing Trailfinders website, Kenny said: “I’ve been made to feel really welcome by all the players and staff over my loan period in West London. I’m really excited to be joining such and ambitious side and hope I can bring a lot to Ealing Trailfinders next year.”

Trailfinders director of rugby Ben Ward added: “James is someone we have tracked for a while. He has good competition at loosehead and we think he is up for the challenge and is looking to kick on with his career.”

While Chiefs are yet to officially announce the signing, the Premiership club are understood to be bringing in Ealing prop Jimmy Roots, the brother of Exeter flanker Ethan, ahead of next season and have been linked with several other players at the Championship side.