LONDON Irish have bolstered their pack once again with the signing of Samoan international TJ Ioane from Sale Sharks.

The 29-year-old becomes Irish’s second signing in a week following the capture of Harlequins lock, Sam Twomey.

Ioane has made a big impression in the Premiership since arriving in England in 2015.

The powerful back-rower is renowned for his physicality and handling skills, clocking up 52 appearances for the Sharks.

Now Ioane is set to drive Exiles forward as Declan Kidney’s men look for an immediate return to the top flight following last season’s relegation to the Greene King IPA Championship.

“TJ has proven international quality with plenty of Premiership experience,” said director of rugby Kidney.

“We’re delighted that he has agreed to join us ahead of a big season, and his ball carrying and physicality will be an asset to us in the Championship.”

Ioane has earned 17 caps for Samoa, the most recent coming during this summer’s Pacific Nations Cup and Rugby World Cup qualifiers.

His previous clubs include Super Rugby outfit Highlanders as well as Wellington and Otago in New Zealand’s domestic competition.