Exiles bring in tight-head Griffiths
May 24, 2012
Cai Griffiths will bring a formidable presence to the Exiles' front-row © PA Photos
London Irish have announced the capture of Ospreys tight-head Cai Griffiths.
The versatile front-row has accrued over 100 appearances for the Welsh region and was a key part of the Ospreys side that took the Celtic League in 2007 and 2009. Griffiths will slot into the front-row alongside the likes of Alex Corbisiero and director of rugby Brian Smith is relishing the chance to see Griffiths in action.
"Cai is very solid at the set piece which is crucial when signing a tight head prop," Smith said. "He is a direct replacement for Faan Rautenbach who is leaving London Irish after seven years service."
Griffiths will have played against English opposition in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and the Heineken Cup but he will now be facing those faces on a weekly basis.
"Joining London Irish offers me the chance to test myself in a gruelling Aviva Premiership competition week in, week out," Griffiths said. "It is a challenge I am certainly looking forward to and one I am relishing. I have enjoyed nine fantastic years at the Ospreys and would like to thank the players and coaching staff for all their help during my time there."
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