London Irish sign Leo

  • Last Updated: April 8 2014, 11:24 BST

London Irish have announced the signing of Samoa International Dan Leo from Perpignan for next season.

Dan Leo: Will play for London Irish next season
Dan Leo: Will play for London Irish next season

Making the move from the French Top 14, the second rower is returning to England having formerly represented London Wasps before moving across the channel.

The New Zealand born forward has played 34 Tests for his country, and brings the wealth in experience of two World Cup tournaments in 2007 and 2011.

He made his first appearance in the Premiership in 2005, leaving for France in 2010, and is now expecting to be part of good times at the Madejski Stadium.

The Samoa International said: "I'm excited to be moving back to England to join London Irish. I always enjoyed playing in the Premiership and I'm excited to go back to compete in that competition again.

"Irish are building nicely for the future it I'm looking forward to being part of it.”

Exiles Director of Rugby Brian Smith said: "Dan Leo is a seasoned campaigner and will be a huge asset to our squad next season. He knows what it takes to win big games and titles from his time at Wasps and has a wealth of Test match experience.

"He's a big physical player comfortable at lock and across the back row. He adds further strength and depth to the pack and we're delighted to have him on board.”