Irish chasing Symons

Date published: February 4 2015

Premiership side London Irish are interested in signing Chiefs second row Matt Symons for next season, according to Declan Danaher.

The Irish coach revealed that the club have made contact with the English-qualified Symons, who has made a new for himself in New Zealand.

Symons has previously expressed an interest in playing in the Premiership, with Danaher excited about his potential.

“If we’re lucky enough to get hold of him, he’s a dynamic and exciting lock who’s played in Super Rugby in a very good team,” Danaher told the BBC.

“I think the club have spoken to him but I suppose we’ll find out a lot more in the next couple of days.

“He’s an exciting player. He was made captain of the Chiefs, which is an honour because he’s not a Kiwi, he’s an Englishman.

“They obviously rate him very highly. I’d heard rumours that New Zealand were trying to get him to stay but I think, being English, he wants to come back and try to get himself in the England squad.

“If we do get an opportunity to sign him, hopefully we can do that and he can show that form that he’s been showing for the Chiefs.”