Three new arrivals at London Irish

Date published: February 9 2016

London Irish have announced that Elliott Stooke, Tom Halse and Tom Preece have all been added to their squad for the rest of the season.

Stooke joins from Gloucester where he has made 70 appearances for the Cherry and Whites. Standing 6ft 6in and weighing 125kgs, the lock forward brings with him plenty of power and physicality. He represented England at age grade level and, in January 2014, made his England Saxons debut against the Irish Wolfhounds at Kingsholm.

Halse is a versatile, goal-kicking back who is able to play at fly-half, inside centre and at full-back. The New Zealander played for the Chiefs Development XV and Counties Manuakau before making his way to Europe to play in Italy.

Preece meanwhile is a back-row forward who joins from Coventry RFC. The 26-year-old has previously played for Aberdeen Grammar in the Scottish Premiership and Saint-Sevin Sportif in the French second division. In New Zealand, He played for North Harbour Marist and represented Auckland B.

Glenn Delaney, Head of Rugby Operations at the club, said: "We are currently battling with an extensive injury list and quite a number of those are long term. The three players will be solid additions to our squad as we continue in this block of Aviva Premiership fixtures."