London Irish sign Richard Palframan from The Sharks

London Irish fans

London Irish have signed tight-head prop Richard Palframan from Super Rugby side The Sharks.

Palframan, 18, has made five appearances for the Sharks' under-19s this season.

The 6"1', 118kg prop is said to be a great ball carrier who breaks the gain line and has a solid scrummaging game.

"He is an outstanding prospect, a very physical player and exceptionally good with ball in hand," said Exiles director of rugby Brian Smith.

Palframan, who attended Rondebosch Boys' High School, added: "I am very grateful to the Sharks for the opportunities they have given me, but the chance to join London Irish was too good to deny."