The Butchers have been boosted in experience and talent in the outside backs with the signing of Irish International Damien Blanch. Blanch represented Ireland at the 2008 and 2013 World Cups with Blanch being awarded 2008 Ireland player of the year for his performances. Blanch also starred in the English Super League between 2006 and 2013, playing 133 games, scoring 82 tries.
Name: Damien Blanch
Positions Played: Centre/wing/fullback
Former Clubs: Penrith Panthers, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Wildcats, Catalan Dragons
Representative Honours: 10 games for Ireland with 6 in ’08 & ’13 world cups.
Ireland player of the year 08
Toughest Opponent: Pat Richards
Best player you have played with: Steve Menzies ( he was my centre the last 3 years)
Favourite Meal: Chicken schnitzel burger with Mayo
Favourite Holiday Destination :Penrith
My goal is to hopefully help the butchers to make/win the GF, and hopefully bring some experience to help progress some local kids