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Edd Thower has joined London Welsh from Championship rivals Bedford Blues – four and half years after he made his debut for the club.

The 28-year-old goal-kicking full back/wing’s solitary appearance for the Exiles came in a 13-6 defeat to Moseley in December 2006.

He returns to Old Deer Park with a wealth of top flight experience, with Wasps, Saracens and London Irish listed among his former clubs.

Thrower ended his one season at the Blues with an impressive 17 try haul, as well as adding 23 points with the boot.

One of those tries came against his new club at Old Deer Park in January albeit in a losing cause, but he twice tasted victory over the Exiles at Goldington Road.

And it was his try that almost set Bedford on the road to a shock win over Worcester in their Championship semi-final meeting at Sixways, only for the Warriors to snatch victory late on.

Thrower had joined Bedford after a season in Italy with Rugby Parma FC, where he missed just one game the entire season and ended in double figures for tries scored, as well as taking his total appearances in Europe in both the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup to 15.

Thrower’s first experience of European rugby came at London Irish, where he began his professional career. He spent three seasons at Sunbury before moving on to Wasps where in one Premiership game against Bath at Adams Park in November 2006 he scored four tries in a 47-18 win.

A Premiership winner with Wasps, Thrower ended his three seasons at the club by helping them to Heineken Cup success in 2006/07.

He left Wasps to join Saracens, where he spent the next two seasons before heading to Italy.

Thrower represented England at U18, U19 and U21 levels, appearing in one IRB U19 World Cup and two IRB U21 World Cups, in South Africa (2002) and England (2003).

“I’m looking forward to the new season and a new challenge,” said Thrower. “Welsh have got some good players, who I’ve played with or against several times, so it should be good.

“It’s been a while since I played that one game for London Welsh - I’ve played for a few more Premiership clubs since then and been to Italy and back - but it’s always been a club that I’ve had an interest in.

“Bedford played some good rugby last season and I enjoyed every bit of it. It in the end it just wasn’t meant to be against Worcester, but we gave it a good go.”

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