FORMER Premiership lock Ben Glynn has joined Chinnor.

The 30-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the Kingsey Road set-up, having played for several top-level clubs including Bristol, Harlequins and Northampton Saints.

Glynn played for England Under 18s as a teenager, but is now transitioning to semi-professional rugby as he goes into a career in finance.

He knows what it takes to reach the top of the game and has been impressed by what he has seen at Chinnor.

Glynn said: “I’m excited to be joining Chinnor for the upcoming season.

“Everyone has been really welcoming and we’ve got a great group of players.

“Thorpey (Richard Thorpe, director of rugby) and Hampo (Craig Hampson, head coach) have got big ambitions for the club and I’m looking forward to playing my part in them.”

Glynn stands at 6ft 6in and adds another 121kg to Chinnor’s pack, giving the club another option in the second row.

He joined the Bristol Rugby Academy aged 18 and graduated to the senior team, making 140 appearances across seven years and helping the club win promotion to the Premiership in 2016/17.

After featuring 18 times in the top flight he moved to Harlequins, playing another 40 games.

A spell at Welsh side Ospreys followed, before Glynn returned to England with Northampton Saints.

He will also take up the role of lineout coach with immediate effect.

Thorpe added: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure Ben Glynn for the coming season.

“Ben steps straight in as our lineout coach alongside his role as a player.

“He is well-connected with our other coaching staff, having played previously with both Soane Tonga’uiha and Craig Hampson during his professional career.

“Transitioning into semi-professional rugby can often be a challenge for rugby players, however Ben has joined us with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and the grit typical of a top-flight lock.

“With his new career in finance also underway, I am excited to see the impact he will make in National League 1.”

Glynn is the sixth forward to sign for Chinnor in not much more than a week.

No 8 Fred Tuilagi, nephew of England star Manu, set the ball rolling last Wednesday.

He was followed through the door by front-row duo Keston Lines and Ethan Thiart, who play at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively.

Flankers Max Clementson and Ben Wilkinson signed on three days later, the latter having completed his climb up the ladder at the club after joining aged five.

Chinnor are now less than one month away from the start of the National League 1 season, with Sale the visitors to Kingsey Road on Saturday, September 4.