Chawatama signs new contract with London Irish

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Lovejoy Chawatama has played 16 times for London Irish this season

Zimbabwe-born prop Lovejoy Chawatama has penned a new deal to continue his journey with Gallagher English Premier side London Irish.

The 30-year-old, who moved to the Exiles in January 2017, has played 84 times for the club and twice helped them win promotion back to the top flight from the Championship.

He was injured for much of last season but has played 16 times this term.

“We are delighted to be keeping Lovejoy’s services for the foreseeable future,” said Irish boss Declan Kidney.

“He has shown fantastic character this season after returned from his time on the sidelines,” Kidney added to the club website.

“He has been a solid staple of our pack this year and gives everything to this club as a player and also as a person, and radiates a great energy which I believe translates into his performances.”

The club have not disclosed the length of Chawatama’s new contract.

Lovejoy Chawatama has penned a new deal to continue his journey at London Irish

Since returning from injury, Chawatama has re-established himself as a regular matchday squad member, achieving his first appearances in the Heineken Champions Cup amongst his 16 matches this season.

Chawatama said that his time as an Exile has been a “pleasure” so far and hopes to continue making a strong impact on and off the field in west London.

“I’d like to thank Declan and the team for showing so much faith in me this season, it’s been great to work my way back into the team alongside my teammates who I really love to play with.

“Signing on for this great Club was a decision I didn’t have to give much thought to, it’s been nothing other than a pleasure so far because I am always surrounded by great people.

“I want to continue giving my all for the team and the supporters.”

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