London Irish bring in Welsh loose-head
August 21, 2013
London Irish have added to their front-row resources with the signing of Welsh international John Yapp on a season-long loan.
Yapp, who has 21 caps for Wales, joins the club from Edinburgh and has also turned out for Cardiff Blues in the past. London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith was delighted with the recruitment of the loose-head, saying: "I have been very impressed with John Yapp throughout his career especially on the international stage. He is a loosehead prop with significant experience and his power, knowledge and tenacity will really strengthen our front row."
Yapp added: "I'm thrilled to be joining London Irish this season. They proved during the second half of last season that they are a very good side. I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Aviva Premiership. It is a difficult competition with some fantastic players. As a player you want to test yourself against the best week in week out and at London Irish I will be able to do that."
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