Dan Leo: London Welsh sign London Irish lock forward

Dan Leo

London Welsh have signed London Irish's Samoan second row Dan Leo.

The 32-year-old is Oxford-based club's 13th confirmed new signing for next season's Championship campaign.

Leo previously had spells with Perpignan, Bordeaux-Begles and Wasps and has been part of Heineken Cup and Premiership-winning sides.

"Dan is vastly experienced in the Premiership, Top 14, Heineken Cup and at international level," said Welsh's Welsh director of rugby Steve Lewis.

"That experience will be hugely beneficial in next season's Championship campaign."

The New Zealand born forward, who is 6ft 6ins and 17st 8lb and can also play in the back row, brings the experience of two World Cup tournaments in 2007 and 2011, and won the last of his 39 caps in Samoa's defeat by England at Twickenham in November.

Leo joined Wasps from Australian club Queensland Red and made his first Premiership debut against Northampton Saints in February 2006.

The following season he helped Wasps to Heineken Cup success, coming off the bench in their 25-9 victory over Leicester Tigers in the final at Twickenham, and to the Premiership title two years later.

He left Wasps for France in 2010 and helped Bordeaux-Begles gain promotion to the Top 14. He later spent two seasons at Perpignan before joining London Irish in 2014.

In total, Leo has made 75 Premiership appearances, scoring three tries.

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