BIRMINGHAM, 2 Oct - Romania number eight Daniel Carpo has achieved his goal of playing for an overseas club by joining Coventry RFC.
Carpo will link up with his new colleagues at the end of Rugby World Cup 2015 after receiving confirmation of a one-year contract with further options at the national team's Midlands base at the Belfry.
“I received the papers today and I will be joining them after the Rugby World Cup,” he said. “I am happy to get them. My desire was always to play in in a foreign championship.
Easy to adapt
“It is third level, not a very high level but we hope to go into second division next year. This is my plan. They won third place last year so they have a chance to go up.
“It’s hard for Romania players to go to other countries. Generally the boys go to France but my wife, Ruxandra, studied here in England so it it easy for us to adapt and for my wife to get a job here.”
Carpo (pictured above, left) will live in Watford and commute to his new team's Coventry headquarters, while his wife will take up a new job in human resources in Wembley.
It was touch and go whether the 30-year-old would make it to RWC 2015 after rupturing the cruciate ligaments in his knee against Japan last November but an intensive rehabilitation programme and his inclusion in a sevens tournament in Portugal in the summer convinced coach Lynn Howells he was fit to be recalled into the Romania squad.
"I was out of action for seven months," Carpo said."I started playing sevens and then the coach called me to join the national team.
“There was some doubt whether I would make it to the World Cup but I fight to get here. The sevens tournament was decisive in my opinion. I started to play rugby and I started to feel the national team atmosphere. In July I knew I had recovered.”