BOURNEMOUTH head coach Will Croker backed Harry Davis to improve his skills as he embarks on a season in Australia.

Flying winger Davis played his final game for Lions against Brixham in South West Premier earlier this month before jetting out to join up with Sydney-based outfit Balmain.

He represented the club during the opening round of fixtures and was named in their team of the week.

Croker said: “Harry is a wonderful rugby player already but I am sure he will come back bursting with enthusiasm and will have improved his skillset even further.

“He will be over there for the season and they have given him a job, accommodation and flown him out there.

“We wish him all the best. He had been a wonderful acquisition for us.”

Balmain boast five men’s senior teams in their ranks and have welcomed an array of top internationals to wear their famous black and gold hoops.

Australians Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell have played for the club, as well as France star Sébastien Chabal.

Asked about playing rugby abroad, Croker replied: “We have a few boys who have done it. Sam Hardcastle did it many years ago – I think they had an old pigskin ball he was playing with in Australia back then!

“Joe Rees did one in Canada and Dan Stewart also did one in Australia. Pat Fraser went to New Zealand – it gives them a different context and understanding of how the game can be played.”