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London Irish snap up Tom Smith

Published: 22 Feb 2012 14:300 comments

LONDON Irish have agreed a deal to sign former Wales Under 21s captain Tom Smith from Ospreys this summer.

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The flanker, who has scored two tries in 60 appearances for the Welsh club, has signed a two-year deal at Irish.

He said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ospreys but feel it is time to move on and I am keen to do this at London Irish.

"There are a few Welsh lads in the current London Irish squad who have gone on to be extremely successful in recent seasons and I hope to follow suit when I join this summer."

London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: "Tom's ability to play at both blindside flanker and number eight means he will add further to our back-row options. He is a top class defender that possesses very good set-piece attributes."

Smith follows George Skivington in signing for Exiles but the news comes just a day after Paul Hodgson confirmed he is leaving to join Worcester Warriors.

*** SEE THURSDAY'S CHRONICLE FOR THE LATEST LONDON IRISH NEWS, INCLUDING AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN JOSEPH ***

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