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Exiles bag second Edinburgh forward

02nd April 2014 10:43

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Powerhouse: Sean Cox

London Irish have raided the Scottish capital once more, adding out-of-favour second-row Sean Cox to their squad for next season.

Cox will join Edinburgh teammate Geoff Cross, the Scotland tighthead having agreed to join the Exiles come the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has been with Edinburgh for the last three years and has impressed many with his physicality and dynamism around the park, even through a troubled last season for the Scots under Michael Bradley.

The second-row was also a stand-out performer as Edinburgh - now under Alan Solomons - reached the Heineken Cup semi-final two seasons ago, twice beating Irish in the process.

Lancaster born, Cox learnt and plied his trade in the Sale Sharks Academy before going on to make 63 appearances for the Premiership outfit.

The 6'5 second rower has performed consistently since moving across the border, making 61 appearances and in doing so earning the recognition of his peers with the 2012 'Best Newcomer' and 2013 'Iron Man' at the players' awards night.

At the age of 18 he was chosen for the England schools set-up which led on to his selection for England U18s, U19s and U21s. His performances for Edinburgh have put him on the radar for Scotland for which he qualifies on residency, although he is an English-qualified player.

"Sean Cox is a very experienced player with well over 100 first class matches under his belt," said Irish boss Brian Smith.

"He's an outstanding line-out forward with a high work rate and offers plenty around the park. He's bought into what we want to achieve and will add real steel in the pack."

"I'm delighted to be joining London Irish next season. After speaking with Brian regarding the vision and ambition of the club I'm looking forward to the challenge and being back in the Premiership," said Cox.

"I've had some incredible highlights at Edinburgh and wish to thank the club for the last three seasons."

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