Exiles secure three more for next season

Date published: March 31 2016

London Irish's recruitment drive continues as they secure two-year deals for three additional players ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Worcester Warriors centre Andy Symons, Saracens hooker David Porecki and Bath openside flanker Max Northcote-Green have all committed to the Exiles.

Head of Rugby Operations Glenn Delaney has expressed his delight with these additions for next season. 

"Andy is a very talented centre, who has proven his worth to Worcester during his three seasons at the Club. He gives us strength in depth in our backline, and we are looking forward to having him at the Club."

"We have been tracking David for a while now and have been very impressed by what we have seen," Delany told the London Irish website. 

"He will add further depth to our forward pack and provide us with a solid option in what we know will be another attritional season.

"Max has a bright future and we believe he can fulfil his potential when he joins us next season. He has all the characteristics we are looking for in a player and we look forward to welcoming him into the fold next season."

Joining older brother Matt at the Exiles, Symons was the Warriors’ top scorer last season with 115 points in 17 Championship games on their way to promotion back to the Premiership.

The 24-year-old, who scored a try on his Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers in 2013, has made 47 appearances for Worcester during three seasons at Sixways. Prior to his switch to Worcester, Symons plied his trade in New Zealand at ITM Cup side Tasman.

"I’m delighted to have signed for London Irish, and I’m looking forward to being part of such an ambitious club," said Symons.

"Joining London Irish alongside my brother is fantastic, he's spoken very highly of the Club and how great the set-up is at Hazelwood."

The 23-year-old hooker brings Super Rugby experience to the Exiles forwards following a brief stint with Australian side, the Waratahs, in 2014.

The front-rower is excited and looking forward to the adventure.

"I am delighted to be signing for London Irish," Porecki said.

"I was very impressed with the set-up at Hazelwood and the ambition they have to get back to being one of the top teams in the country.

"There seems to be a huge amount of potential at London Irish, and I hope to help the Club fulfil that potential over the coming seasons."

With Premiership outings coupled with LV= Cup experience under his belt, the flanker is an exciting prospect.

Celebrating his 22nd birthday this Saturday, Northcote-Green joined the Bath Senior Academy in 2013 after taking a year out in Australia where he represented Sydney University Colts.

"I am excited to be joining London Irish next season," said Northcote-Green

"The back-row is a competitive position at the Club, but I look forward to working hard, proving myself and challenging for a starting position."